Crews to close Hammond Road Friday for permanent sinkhole repair work

Posted December 17, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014

The 25-foot sinkhole originally opened up in early September 2014 when a pipe ruptured.

— Crews will close the southbound lanes of Hammond Road at Rush Street Friday morning in south Raleigh to begin making permanent fixes to a drainage problem that created a large sinkhole in September.

North Carolina Department of Transportation officials awarded a $240,000 contract to Moffat Pipe, Inc., of Wake Forest, for the repair work.

When the sinkhole opened, DOT crews digging up the road discovered that a broken drainage pipe had allowed water to wash away material underneath Hammond Road. The pipe, which was about 25 feet below the road surface, was too dangerous for state construction crews to fix, officials said. 

A temporary fix made by DOT allowed the road to reopen in late September. The permanent fix is scheduled to be completed by Jan. 16, officials said Wednesday.

Southbound drivers will have to detour at Rush Street by turning right on South Saunders Street or left toward Garner Road.


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  • stymieindurham Dec 18, 2014

    Can someone explain "where did all the soil go" if there wasn't an already exit existing?

  • Cindy Rose Dec 18, 2014
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    I went through there yesterday evening as well. There were lights up & workers & heavy equipment working in the area off the side of the road there. Will make a note to avoid that area until further notice that it's opened back up. Glad to see it's getting a permanent fix. Was a little weary of that area.

  • kellypsnll Dec 18, 2014

    Why couldn't they fix it right the first or second time? How much of our tax dollars are going to this screw up?

  • Jack Harris Dec 18, 2014
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    I Hope the two(2) workers/state people inside the barrier tape had some fall protection on because they must not know about slought off!. Which means the edge gives way without warning!

  • archmaker Dec 18, 2014

    driving by last week, the woods (to the left in the main picture) looked like a swamp.

  • trayNTP Dec 18, 2014

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    The repair is to be permanent (i.e., "PERMANENT sink hole REPAIR").

  • SaveEnergyMan Dec 17, 2014

    It was open during my commute at 5:30. The shoulder was closed.

    Glad we'll have a permanent fix, the current patch is rough going.

  • Amy Kunkle Dec 17, 2014
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    I was just thinking about that. They say it will close Thursday, but the road kind of closed itself. And barricades are up. So it would appear to most as being already closed.

  • norainonmyparade Dec 17, 2014

    It's already closed.

  • Tim Wallace Dec 17, 2014
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    Well if its a permanent sink hole, then why bother repairing it?