'Extensive' project to repair Chatham County sinkhole to begin in March

Posted February 12, 2016

A sinkhole that shut down a road in Chatham County is growing, and state Department of Transportation crews say it could be another two months before it's fixed.

— Crews will begin work next month to repair a large sinkhole that has forced the closure of a road in Chatham County.

According to N.C. Department of Transportation, old pipes underneath Lystra Road – which crosses Jordan Lake near Pittsboro – gave way on Jan. 18, creating a large sinkhole that was still growing early in February.

Officials said Friday that work to fix the hole will begin by the second week of March, but they called the project "extensive." A contract to complete the work has not yet been awarded.

Two 72-inch culverts underneath the road will both need to be replaced due to the damage that occurred during recent weather events. Crews will replace the old culverts with one, 12-foot diameter culvert.

The project will involve:

  • Relocating a water line that provides water to local residents
  • Excavating both damaged pipes
  • Placing the new, larger pipe
  • Refilling the area with earth
  • Repaving of the road

Weather permitting, the road could be open by early June.

Drivers will continue to follow a signed detour between Farrington Point and Jack Bennett Road.

If traveling east on Lystra Road, this detour will use Jack Bennett Road southwest to Big Woods Road, then south on Big Woods Road to U.S. 64 then east to Farrington Point Road then north to Lystra Road. From Farrington Point Road the detour route would be reversed. Lystra Road is accessible to local traffic.

Drivers are asked to use caution in the area and expect an increase in travel times.

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  • New Holland Feb 12, 2016
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    weather permitting.... we could be looking at a 6 month project. Let the US Army Corps of Engineers fix it since they caused it.