Hickory sinkhole repaired, traffic reopens

Published: May. 19, 2011 at 7:59 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 6, 2011 at 4:27 AM EDT
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Photo courtesy Steve Ohnesorge
Photo courtesy Steve Ohnesorge

HICKORY, NC (WBTV) - Road crews have reopened a section of U.S. 70 in Hickory after making a temporary patch to a road closed for days due to a large sinkhole.

The sinkhole opened up Thursday afternoon across from Valley Hills Mall in front of Judges BBQ Express restaurant along the 1900 block of U.S. 70 Southeast.

According to City of Hickory Spokesperson Mandy Pitts, the 12-feet-wide sinkhole was caused by a failure with a storm drain junction box.

Contractors with the North Carolina Department of Transportation and crews with the City of Hickory Public Utilities worked Friday night and Saturday to stabilize the hole.

They repaired the damaged infrastructure and installed a new junction box structure.

"The existing storm drain under U.S. 70, SE is damaged and NCDOT will contract to bore a new storm drain cross-over pipe in throughout this week and part of next," Pitts said in a statement released Monday afternoon.

The hole has been filled in, paved over and all lanes of U.S. 70 are open.

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