CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A large sinkhole caused a serious headache for drivers in southeast Charlotte Tuesday and part of Wednesday.
The sinkhole opened up around 2 p.m. Tuesday on the outbound lanes of Independence Boulevard near Village Lake Drive. Police said the sinkhole was the result of a water main break.
Both outbound lanes on Independence were reopened Wednesday following pavement repairs. The right turning lane is expected to open later Wednesday afternoon..
Water in the area was restored Wednesday morning.
CMPD warned drivers Tuesday that the closure would last at least 24 hours.
Officials say they couldn't determine a reason for the break of the 12-inch water main. Water was shut off to several businesses and homes until the matter is resolved.
"Restaurants - if they don't have any water - that's not good for them," business owner Robbie Jordan said. "The restrooms, they don't function. The water fountains, they don't work - water they need for daily function."
Drivers were being detoured onto Village Lake Dr where they can turn onto Monroe Road, onto Sardis Road North, then back onto Independence Blvd.
Drivers in the area should expect heavy delays and seek an alternate route if possible.