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Chatham road closed by large sinkhole scheduled to reopen in July

Posted June 30

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.
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— After nearly six months, a Chatham County road shut down by a large sinkhole is scheduled to reopen in early July.

State Department of Transportation officials said Thursday that Lystra Road, which has been shut down since Jan. 18, should be open to traffic again by July 8.

Work on the road has been repeatedly delayed by the size of the project and weather since old pipes under the road initially gave way during the winter.

The project required crews to excavate and replace two 60-inch culvert pipes under the road. They were replaced with a 12-foot diameter aluminum pipe.

A 16-inch underground water line owned by Chatham County was also relocated before crews could begin rebuilding the road, which crosses over a portion of Jordan Lake.

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  • New Holland Jun 30, 12:05 p.m.
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    you would think Congress had something to do with fixing this road it's taken so long.