The NC Department of Transportation reports that southbound Hammond Road will remain closed at Rush Street in south Raleigh through next week because of a sinkhole that opened Thursday afternoon adjacent to that intersection.
Repair work will begin on Monday, Sept. 8, to replace a failed 3-foot diameter pipe under the roadway that cause the sinkhole. The road will be repaired by the end of next week.
The sinkhole is about five-feet wide and 20 to 25 feet deep. Repairs will not take place over the weekend because the equipment needed to replace the pipe at that depth will not arrive until Monday. Barricades will remain in place for the safety of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians in the area.
Southbound drivers on Hammond Road will have to turn right at Rush Street toward South Saunders Street, or left toward Garner Road. Delays are expected and drivers are urged to allow extra time for their commute or seek an alternate route.
Northbound lanes will remain open for commuters heading to Interstate 40 and into downtown Raleigh.
Employees at a telephone call center at 3020 Hammond Road that has its only entrance along the closed southbound lanes will be allowed to access those lanes at Chapanoke Road and go northbound for three-tenths of a mile to the business location. They will be the only vehicles allowed to access the closed lanes.