Sinkhole repair could take two weeks

Published 10:08 pm Monday, October 17, 2016

A large sinkhole that appeared along Route 58 East near the Southampton-Suffolk line on Oct. 11 was the result of a 66-inch pipe that failed, partly due to storm damage, officials have said.

Repairs in the area could take up to two weeks, Virginia Department of Transportation officials stated in a press release.

A contract diver inspected the submerged pipe for VDOT on Friday, and as a result VDOT determined a large section of the pipe that gave way could not be repaired.   The pipe will need to be replaced, requiring a traffic detour that was set to begin this week.

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The hole, which was filled and temporarily patched to prevent additional water from seeping in, is located along a busy truck route near the Suffolk-Southampton border.

VDOT will alert the public once a detour has been established, officials stated. For now, a section of Route 58 East which runs over the Blackwater River remains closed, but traffic is getting by in the left lane.

Meanwhile, a total of 10 roads in Southampton, Sussex and Isle of Wight counties remained closed on Friday due to washouts from Hurricane Matthew.

VDOT crews were working 12-hour shifts to repair roads and get them reopened to traffic.