David Cox Rd closed until Saturday after water main break creates sinkhole

Micah Smith/WBTV
Micah Smith/WBTV

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A north Charlotte road is expected to be shut down until Saturday evening due to a water main break that happened Thursday.

The water main break occurred on David Cox Road between Old Sugar Creek Road and the West Sugar Creek Road intersection. When the pipe burst, crews said it created a sinkhole.

The 12'' water main break caused the eastbound lane of David Cox Road to collapse, Charlotte Water said. A spokesperson with Charlotte Water said no customers were affected.

Charlotte Water tweeted that the water main repair will take approximately six to eight hours. But just before 5 p.m., the city said the repairs would last until Saturday and that David Cox would be closed until then.

Crews are finishing up the repairs on the 12" main break. Due to the location and nature of the water repair, a new storm water pipe is being installed at the break site and then CDOT will need to come in and stabilize and repave the road. 
To accommodate for these repairs, David Cox will be closed between West Sugar Creek and Old Sugar Creek Rd. until Saturday evening.

Charlotte Water says it is difficult to pinpoint the cause of water main breaks. They occur underground and usually only become a known problem when water leaks to the surface. However, they say extreme heat can be a reason a break happens.

The past several days have been warmer than usual.

There was a water main break Thursday afternoon that closed part of Independence Boulevard near Margaret Wallace Place. There was a third break that occurred on Wilkinson Blvd. Wednesday night.

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