RALEIGH - Repair work on a sinkhole that has shut down a southbound section of Hammond Road in south Raleigh is expected to begin Monday, Sept. 8. The N.C. Department of Transportation plans to replace a failed 3-foot diameter pipe under the roadway that caused the sinkhole and have the road repaired by the end of next week.
The road closure at the intersection with Rush Street will remain in place until then. The sinkhole developed Thursday afternoon, and is about 5 feet wide and 20-25 feet deep. The equipment needed to replace the pipe at that depth is expected to arrive on scene Monday, which is why repairs won't take place over the weekend. The site is barricaded off for the safety of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians in the area.
Because of the closure, which is south of the Hammond Road interchange at I-40, southbound drivers will have to turn right at Rush Street toward South Saunders Street, or left toward Garner Road. Drivers are urged to allow extra time when traveling through the area, or to seek an alternate route. They are reminded to use caution and watch for road closure signs. Northbound Hammond Road lanes have remained open.
Employees at a telephone call center at 3020 Hammond Road that has its only entrance along the closed southbound lanes are being allowed onto those lanes at Chapanoke Road to go northbound for three-tenths of a mile to the business location. They are the only vehicles allowed to access the closed lanes.
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