Raleigh - Repair work on Lystra Road in Chatham County got under way today. The stretch of the road on a causeway over Jordan Lake was closed in January when a sinkhole developed because of the failure of underground culverts.
A $2.2 million contract was awarded Fred Smith Co. for the repairs. It will excavate two 60-inch culvert pipes under the road and replace them with a 12-foot diameter aluminum pipe. A 16-inch underground water line owned by Chatham County will also be relocated. Other work includes the repairs to the road itself.
The extensive work is expected to take until mid-June. Until then, a signed detour already in use remains in place between Farrington Point Road and Jack Bennett Road. If traveling east on Lystra Road, drivers will take Jack Bennett Road to Big Woods Road, then go south to U.S. 64 and east to Farrington Point Road and go north back to Lystra Road. From Farrington Point Road, the detour route is reversed. Drivers are asked to use caution in the area and expect an increase in travel times.
For additional information, contact the NCDOT office in Sanford (919) 776-9623.
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