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Wade Avenue closed due to cave-in

Posted September 1, 2010

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— A leaking fire hydrant knocked over in a wreck might have contributed to a 15-foot wide sinkhole in Wade Avenue that snarled traffic in Raleigh Wednesday morning.

Around 5:30 a.m., A truck driver backed over a fire hydrant in the parking lot of the Ridgewood Shopping Center, off Wade Avenue between Dixie Trail and Ridge Road. 

Andy Brogden, with Raleigh Public Utilities, said that wreck might have been a factor in two water-main breaks: one underneath Wade Avenue and one in the shopping center, according to Raleigh public works officials.

The result, though, was clear: a 15-foot wide and six-feet deep hole in Wade Avenue.

"I looked out, and there's this huge hole," said North Carolina State University student Miah Yoo, who lives across from the sinkhole. "I didn't know what it was. I didn't know what happened."

Westbound lanes of Wade Avenue have been closed between Dixie Trail and Dogwood Lane. Traffic was being detoured onto Dixie Trail, then onto Lake Boone Trail, onto Ridge Road, and then back to Wade Avenue.

Eastbound traffic on Wade Avenue was also being reduced to one lane for a short distance around the site of the cave-in.

Police advised motorists to expect delays and avoid the area, if possible.

Crews have laid a new pipe through the sinkhole, which must be paved over. Public works officials said the lane closures should be re-opened by 4 p.m.

About a dozen businesses, including Tripps, Bruegger's Bagels and Medlin-Davis Cleaner in Ridgewood shopping center, are without water. Service should be restored by mid- to late afternoon.

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  • kiddoshea Sep 1, 2010

    Hey Lickad -- before you take a writing job, you better work on the difference between "alot" and "a lot." Ask Kiljadn, he'll know.

  • kiddoshea Sep 1, 2010

    Hey Kiljadn- what does it feel like to be the smartest person in the room? Must be special. You are special.

  • Lickad Sep 1, 2010

    I can do her job alot better than she wished she did.

  • The Rock Sep 1, 2010

    today on Wade Ave there was this pothole and it was weird it like separated and cam eback together

  • parktu86 Sep 1, 2010

    kiljadn: there is a detour in place. wral had posted the detour as well. there are many other roads that you can take other than wade. i promise you, you will be able to make it to RTP tomorrow.

  • Mugu Sep 1, 2010

    tobywilliamson58 - By the way, I had a stunning trip, it was very fun and romantic. I feel fabulous.

  • tobywilliamson58 Sep 1, 2010

    MUGU-- Now that you mention it, it has been! Wonder what is going on?? "Someone" needs to stir the pot!!

  • kiljadn Sep 1, 2010

    And furthermore, just to play devil's advocate a little bit, what happens when you try and cram 17,000 drivers down a detour?

    It wouldn't effect those other 78-90,000 drivers who use the other parts of Wade daily..... right? Oh, wait.

    Please learn how to think for yourselves and stop making such stupid arguments against BASIC, COMMON SENSE facts.

  • Mugu Sep 1, 2010

    tobywilliamson58, I just got back from a vacation, haven't you noticed that it has been quiet and boringly peaceful here as of late?

  • The Rock Sep 1, 2010

    people up in here talmbout Wade Ave like it's a game.