Repair to massive sinkhole snarling traffic in Myers Park

Published: Jun. 8, 2011 at 12:25 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 7, 2011 at 12:23 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Repairs to a sinkhole in the Myers Park area is still causing traffic delays in south Charlotte.

A 24-inch water line broke on Runnymede Lane damaging both the road and the sidewalk.

The sinkhole opened up near the intersection of Michael Baker Drive Tuesday night, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

WBTV flew over the sinkhole around noon on Thursday, but no one appeared to be working. called Karen Whichard, a spokesperson for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities Department, to find out what's going on.

She said the priority for CMUD crews on Wednesday was shutting off the line to prevent further water leakage and stabilizing the hole.

Whichard said CMUD engineers will be meeting with Charlotte Department of Transportation engineers on Thursday at 2 p.m. to talk about the problem and to come up with a viable plan for making the repair.

Whichard said CMUD is fully aware how important this road is for motorists in south Charlotte, and the need to get it fixed as soon as possible.

She said they are doing everything they can to ensure access is available in and out of a nearby nursing home.

Whichard said one thing working in their favor is that the last day of school is Friday and that will cut down tremendously on the congestion on Runnymede Lane since Myers Park High School is located in this area.

CMUD says water service for residents and businesses in the area has not been impacted by the situation.

As of Thursday morning, one lane of traffic was open in each direction of Runnymede Lane between Selwyn Avenue and Barclay Downs Road.

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