Crews repair Hickory sinkhole; highway reopens

Crews repair Hickory sinkhole; highway reopens

The sinkhole opened up last week on Highway 70 in front of Valley Hills Mall.

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

NewsChannel 36 Staff

Posted on May 23, 2011 at 4:28 PM

HICKORY, N.C. -- All lanes of U.S. 70 in Hickory were reopened Monday evening after contractors made a temporary fix to a broken storm drain box that led to a 12-foot wide sinkhole last week.

Hickory officials said contractors worked through the weekend to stabilize the hole and repair the damaged infrastructure.

However, officials said, the storm drain underneath the road is damaged and the state Department of Transportation will have to install a new pipe.

When work begins on the new pipe, the road will temporarily close again.

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