Sinkhole fixed; Hammond Road reopens in Raleigh

Posted September 30, 2014

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— Almost a month after it opened, a sinkhole on Hammond Road in southeast Raleigh has been repaired, the state Department of Transportation said Tuesday afternoon.

Both southbound lanes of Hammond Road at Rush Street were closed throughout the day Tuesday so that work could be completed on the sinkhole the lanes repaved.

The 25-foot hole opened up early in September after an underground pipe failed. Crews filled the hole and repaved the road, but the fresh pavement began to sag late last week, forcing crews to close one southbound lane.

On Friday, crews poured cement in the hole and added a steel plate for support.


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  • norainonmyparade Oct 1, 2014

    I drover over it last night. It's a rough bandaid that needs to be smoothed out.

  • Garnerwolf1 Oct 1, 2014

    Still looks like it did the first time they "fixed" it. Hope this one does better. But I'm doubtful.

  • firefalcon100 Sep 30, 2014

    Let's hope that the repair was smoothed out better. the last time, it was a rough patch even after it was first done, especially in the far left lane .

  • Steve Faulkner Sep 30, 2014
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    Shouldn't they have fixed it "for good" the LAST time it was fixed??

  • Eric Johnson Sep 30, 2014
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    I bet the writer would love it if people actually took the time to read the article before ripping them a new one. The second to last paragraph says a pipe failed. Do you need to know the size of the hole in the pipe, what kind of pipe material it was, etc. etc.?

  • miseem Sep 30, 2014

    It would be nice if WRAL included some detail on the cause of the sinkhole. If it was a cracked pipe, the fix should be relatively easy, though expensive, and should be permanent. Other causes may make this just a temporary bandage without more extensive work. Of course, in the new media world, too much detail is just a waste of screen space, not to mention the time involved in actually researching, asking questions, writing, and occasionally proofreading.

  • Amy Kunkle Sep 30, 2014
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    It's going to be a long time before I trust driving across the stretch of road again. They said they fixed it once and it came back. It just feels like another (larger) band-aid.