On December 20, 2018 a sinkhole opened on State Road 40 and caused traffic problems. City officials of Ocala, as well as the workers from DBI Services, resolved the situation by rerouting traffic on the affected lane. Motorists were encouraged to take alternate routes.
The sinkhole, which appeared less than a half mile west of Interstate 75, in the westbound outside lane, has a width of eight feet and a depth of 10 feet. According to City Engineer Sean Lanier, the sinkhole opened due to an underground void that built up over time, at the point where a gas line crossed over a sewer line. Lanier added that the gas line was newer than the other line and its space was drilled years ago.
The sinkhole was filled with soil last Thursday. Lanier said the gas line will be repaired by TECO Energy.