A sinkhole discovered on Jan. 22 closed the street to traffic.
Raleigh - The N.C. Department of Transportation reopened one lane along Russell Street from Gillespie Street to Cross Creek Street around 1:30 p.m. today. Crews had opened the road earlier this month, but a sinkhole discovered on Jan. 22 closed the street to drivers. Through-traffic is encouraged to continue using the short detour route, but those visiting nearby businesses or other local traffic will be able to use Russell Street.
Drivers can use Williams Street, Blount Street/Campbell Avenue and Cool Springs Street following a marked detour. Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area, to stay alert and to obey the posted speed limit.
The work is associated with a project to improve storm drainage on Russell Street from Gillespie Street to Cross Creek Street. Crews are replacing approximately 900 feet of storm drainage pipe and improving future storm drainage along the route. After the roadway settled in numerous locations along the route, crews investigated the area. They found the existing storm drain on Russell Street was failing, and the terracotta pipe material was distorted with extensive cracking.
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