Lystra Road in northern Chatham County reopened to traffic on Friday evening, nearly six months after a large sinkhole forced the road to close last winter.
The road had been expected to reopen June 17, but heavy rain twice prompted the state Department of Transportation to push back the completion date.
Lystra had been closed between Farrington Point and Jack Bennett roads since Jan. 18, when the pavement collapsed after two 5-foot culverts connecting two sections of Jordan Lake gave way.
The $2.2 million repair project entailed replacing the culverts with an aluminum pipe 12 feet in diameter, relocating an underground county water line and repairing the road. State officials say the project was complicated by the depth of the pipe and the narrowness of the causeway, with Jordan Lake on both sides of the road.