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Sinkhole returns on Raleigh's Hammond Road

Raleigh police blocked southbound lanes of Hammond Road at Rush Street early Thursday near the location of a sinkhole that opened up earlier this month.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Last week, state Department of Transportation officials thought they could keep southbound lanes of Hammond Road open at Rush Street through a temporary fix - filling a large sinkhole with asphalt.

It worked for a few days, until the road began to sag Thursday morning due to settling under the road. Crews then poured more asphalt.

"It sank some more, so that idea is not going to go," DOT Spokesman Steve Abbott said.

A timelapse video of the sinkhole, caused by a pipe that formed a large cavity, shows the ground sinking Thursday shortly after repairs were completed.

Crews hoped to reopen both lanes later in the day. That did not happen.

DOT officials said it would not send workers down into the sinkhole because of safety reasons. They plan to plan to dig up the problem spot and lay a more firm foundation underneath, then return in a few weeks to replace the pipe by drilling from the side of the road.

Crews will begin work on their more permanent fix on Friday. One southbound lane of Hammond Road will remain open.


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