A sinkhole that popped up on Grove Street at Dunn Road -- which is part of the N.C. Highway 24 detour near the intersection of N.C. Highway 53 and Cedar Creek Road -- Thursday morning is making it difficult for motorists to get to Fayetteville from Interstate 95.
Authorities said the sinkhole was caused by an 18-inch underground pipe failure and will take at least two weeks to repair.
The detour route has been in place for only a few days after a two year construction project on the bridge over the Cape Fear River started Tuesday.
With Grove Street completely closed and construction work blocking traffic along U.S. Highway 301/Business I-95, officials said there are major traffic congestions in the downtown area.
Drivers are urged to avoid using Business I-95 (Eastern Blvd, exit 56), Highway 24 (Grove Street, exit 52), and Cedar Creek Road (exit 49).
Instead, police are suggesting drivers on I-95 should take I-295 at exit 58 on I-95, Hwy 87 (Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard), at exit 46 on I-95, Claude Lee Road, exit 44 on I-95, or Hope Mills Road to Highway 301, exit 41 on I-95.
Drivers on the N.C. 24 detour are advised to take N.C. 24 West to N.C. 53 to Person Street to U.S. 301/I-95 Business back to N.C. 24. Drivers traveling east should take N.C. 24 to North Broad Street to Person Street to N.C.53 back to N.C. 24.