Sinkhole, bridge closure causing traffic headaches

A sinkhole popped up on Grove Street at Dunn Road in Fayetteville Thursday morning (ABC11 Photojournalist Lou Guilette)

November 15, 2012 8:23:57 PM PST
A detour route setup for drivers avoiding road construction in Fayetteville is now shut down and causing major traffic backups near downtown.

Click here for the latest detour information from the NC DOT.

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.

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