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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

— A massive sinkhole that opened up Monday night will cause major issues for Raleigh drivers for days, but residents said they had been expecting road issues for years.

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.