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Big hole on U.S. 51
Workers repair U.S. 51 between Russell Road and Stark Road north of Janesville on Monday.

U.S. 51 north of Janesville is open for traffic once again after repairs were made on Monday to fill a void created by recent heavy rains and utility work.

The state traffic operations center said the two-lane highway reopened at 8:23 p.m. Monday, after being shut down for about 14 hours by a void in the highway near the U.S. 14 intersection.

Wisconsin Department of Transportation spokesman Michael Bie said a void was created under the roadway due to heavy rains and recent utility work, and the surface started to undulate, causing the shutdown of the highway.

U.S. 51 was shut down in both directions for about a seven-mile stretch from U.S. 14 north to County M.

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