FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A road in Fayetteville was closed Tuesday night so crews could begin repairing a sinkhole that appeared Monday.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation closed Morganton Road near Skye Drive to work on the hole, which is about 8-feet wide and at least 5-feet deep, Cumberland County officials said.
The hole appeared Monday night. NCDOT closed the five-lane road Tuesday to begin repairs. Crews excavated the hole and crumbling pavement Tuesday night.
The excavation was completed overnight “with about 15 workers and a trackhoe,” according to an NCDOT spokesperson.
On Wednesday morning, crews started work on making a large 12-foot by 12-foot concrete box to house pipes that were exposed, but not damaged. The box “will also prevent future soil erosion underneath the road,” according to the NCDOT.
Once the box is built, crews plan to add backfill and place about 4 inches of asphalt on top on Thursday.
Drivers are asked to use alternate routes, like Fort Bragg Road, and avoid the area. Detour signs will guide drivers to use North Churchill Drive, Fort Bragg Road, and Devers Street. Drivers should expect a longer commute and be cautious around the work area.
The NCDOT said they hope to have one lane of traffic open in each direction by Friday afternoon.
The total cost of the repair is expected to come in at around $25,000.