Lake Wheeler Road will be closed for up to three months near the N.C. State Farmers Market so the city can replace a failing stormwater pipe under the road.
The road will close Monday, April 15, between Maywood Avenue and Centennial Parkway. Traffic will be able to get in and out of the farmers market and reach N.C. State’s Centennial Campus using Lake Wheeler Road from the south, but drivers coming from downtown or South Saunders Street will have to go another way.
A sinkhole began forming under Lake Wheeler Road in November, after a 70-year-old corrugated metal pipe began to give way. The city closed one lane of northbound Lake Wheeler and began making plans to fix the pipe.
But city engineers decided it made more sense to replace the pipe with an aluminum one, which should last another 70 years. The replacement work will take 8 to 12 weeks, depending on the weather, city officials estimate.
Both the old and new pipes are six feet across and 120 feet long.
Detour signs will direct drivers to use Centennial Parkway, Avent Ferry Road and Western Boulevard, though some drivers will find Interstate 40 and South Saunders Street an easier route, depending on their destination.