Crews working to fix massive Wadesboro sinkhole

Crews working to fix massive Wadesboro sinkhole

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on September 11, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 11 at 4:40 PM

WADESBORO, N.C. – Construction continues as workers attempt to fix a busy Wadesboro street after a massive sinkhole opened up last month.

The sinkhole developed on an access road off of Highway 74 in early August and expanded to roughly 50 feet wide and 20 to 25 feet deep, officials said.

Contractors placed a new 11-foot in diameter pipe to replace the 30-year-old pipe that connected to a nearby river but couldn’t handle the increased water pressure after heavy rain in the area.

The sinkhole is being fixed by Claude Smith, a property owner in Rockingham, who owns the property and rents it to several area businesses.

Crews began placing the pipe last week, and water, gas, telephone and cable lines need to be repaired as well.  The work—including repaving the road—is expected to be finished in three to four weeks.

A McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and Harvest Ministries Church and Homeless Shelter are just a few of the places that lead to the road.

Roughly 10 people at the shelter had to be evacuated due to the sinkhole.  The cost to make the repairs is unknown.

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