A contractor for the state Department of Transportation has begun repair work on a large sinkhole that forced the closure of Lystra Road in northern Chatham County this winter.
Lystra has been closed between Farrington Point and Jack Bennett roads since Jan. 18, when the pavement caved in to a hole created by water that had flowed through two 5-foot culverts connecting two sections of Jordan Lake.
The $2.2 million project entails replacing the culverts with an aluminum pipe 12-feet in diameter, relocating an underground county water line and repairing the road. Lystra is not expected to reopen until mid-June, NCDOT says.
Detour signs direct motorists around the closed section of Lystra Road.