Sinkhole shuts down Fayetteville road for weeks

Posted November 15, 2012

— A sinkhole that opened up near a bridge construction project in Fayetteville caused major traffic delays in the downtown area Thursday, and it could be weeks before the hole is filled.

The sinkhole, caused by underground pipe failure, is near the intersection of N.C. Highway 24 and Dunn Road, an area already being affected by bridge construction over the Cape Fear River along U.S. Highway 301 and Business I-95.

Drivers should avoid using Business I-95 (Eastern Boulevard), N.C. 24 (Grove Street) and Cedar Creek Road.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation expects the road to be closed for at least two weeks.

In the meantime, to avoid the area, drivers can take westbound N.C. 24 to N.C. Highway 53 to Person Street to U.S. 30a/I095 Business back to N.C. 24.

Eastbound travelers on N.C. 24 can take the highway to North Broad Street to Person Street to N.C. 53 back to N.C. 24.

Drivers traveling on Interstate 95 will need to take Exit 46, N.C. Highway 87, to get into Fayetteville because of the bridge construction.

The bridge project began Tuesday and is expected to last up to two years.

Alternate routes shown in green.

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  • RowdyFriend Nov 15, 2012

    That whole area is surrounded by creeks and the river, and huge slopes. Can't imagine how bad it could have been had the entire road just given way and dropped to who-knows what depth.

  • MyKidRox Nov 15, 2012

    Update on construction from someone on may take 2 months for this work to be done. Sinkhole is far deeper and more dangerous than originally reported.

  • mrutan Nov 15, 2012

    The picture shows a small hole in the pavement, but the actual hole under the road is about 50 feet across

  • cherokee43v6 Nov 15, 2012

    GAH! This morning was a nightmare. I had no idea this problem was there, right on my /new/ commute (with the 95Business closure).

    Any word on how long it will take to fix?

  • fuddpucker2 Nov 15, 2012

    Claude Lee Road is EXIT 44.

  • fungod12000 Nov 15, 2012

    I know Fort Bragg and Spring Lake on Bragg Blvd. was a nightmare yesterday evening, I have never seen it that bad, took me 2 hours to get from Knox st. to Manchester Rd. No visible accidents or malfunctioning lights, I don't know what was going on.

  • LOC Nov 15, 2012

    That's dangerous!

  • dryjr Nov 15, 2012