Residents said Raleigh road was damaged for a year before 25-foot sinkhole opened
Posted May 22, 2018 10:16 p.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2018 11:13 a.m. EDT
Authorities said the sinkhole opened up on Newton Road at Six Forks Road as a result a storm, which caused flooding and travel problems for drivers across Wake County.
“My wife said she and my daughter heard a loud crack,” said resident Dave Phillips.
The noise was the 25-foot sinkhole that was still blocking neighborhoods Tuesday night.
“It’s terrifying going across all the time because I could just see precisely what happened happening. I did not anticipate to this extent. I thought perhaps the sidewalk would collapse. I didn’t realize it would take the whole road with it,” Phillips said
Neighbors said a crack had developed in the road about a year ago and the earth beneath the sidewalk began to crumble.
“For over a year now, there’s just been an open gap between the edge or the sidewalk and the fence,” Phillips said
“It’s just been extraordinarily frightening because I walk past here all the time with my dog and 2-year-old daughter in a stroller and it’s just frightening. A kid could have fallen down that hole,” Phillips said
No injuries were reported as a result of the sinkhole, which is posing a nuisance for commuters.
“All the apartments are down this street there. They come to this and have to take a big detour to get here, so it’s going to be a big issue,” resident Donte Johnson said
- Crews said repairs could take several days. Drivers are advised to use the following routes:
- Motorists heading west on Newton Road, turn left on Van Thomas Drive, right on Woodbend Drive and back onto Six Forks Road
- Motorists heading north on Six Forks Road turn right on Woodbend Drive, left on Van Thomas Drive and right onto Newton Road
- Motorists heading south on Six Forks Road turn left on Woodbend Drive, left on Van Thomas Drive and right onto Newton Road
- Motorists approaching this work area should expect traffic delays, and are advised to avoid this area if possible.