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State Road 72 near Myakka River State Park expected to reopen in a week

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MYAKKA CITY, Fla. - One of the busier east-to-west roads on the Suncoast is shut down indefinitely, after two holes opened up on State Road 72 near Myakka River State Park.

One of the holes is about six feet in diameter and a few feet deep, and the other hole is directly across the road but isn't as big. Officials with the Florida Department of Transportation say floodwaters from Hurricane Hermine washed out a portion of road and damaged a drainage pipe.

Nokomis resident Vic Moore says having this road shut down is a bit of an inconvenience.

"It's concerning because I use this road quite a bit to get to Arcadia from where I live in Nokomis," said Moore.

Crews are expected to work on this $1.178 million repair around the clock until the job is done. Traffic is currently being redirected on both the east and west portion of the compromised road.

Jenny Jones, a Park Ranger at Myakka River State Park, says it's still pretty much business as usual at the park, despite this road closure in their neck of the woods.

"I would say maybe a little bit less vehicle traffic coming through the park," said Jones, "but we still have a lot of people coming to visit the park so I don't think it's affected us too much."

Florida Safety Contractors will begin work to repair State Road 72 on Tuesday at 7 a.m. FDOT says if the contractor completes the job within five days instead of the estimated seven, they will receive an incentive bonus.