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Sinkhole to close Providence Road until Wednesday

Motorists will have at least one more morning to find an alternate around heavily traveled Providence Road near Queens Road, officials say.

The N.C. Department of Transportation says it will be at least Wednesday morning before crews complete repairing a sinkhole that developed before daybreak Tuesday.

The hole, which was 3 to 4 feet wide, formed in the inbound lanes as a result of a collapsed underground pipe, state transportation officials say. A motorist hit the hole about 5:30 a.m., and police closed both the inbound and outbound lanes for several hours.

The hole was caused by a broken 15-inch, concrete, stormwater drainage pipe. Officials say there isn’t evidence of a larger problem, said Jennifer Frost of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services.

Jen Thompson, a spokeswoman for the NCDOT, said repairs would involve removing the damaged pipe, replacing the pipe, and then filling the hole and resurfacing the road.

Most motorists used Randolph Road as an alternate Tuesday morning. Thompson said they do not plan to set up a detour.

About 5:45 Tuesday, two people were taken to the hospital after a woman crashed her car into the back of a Department of Transportation dump truck at the scene, according to WCNC-TV, the Observer’s news partner.

Closing major thoroughfares in Charlotte because of pipe failures is nothing new. A section of outbound East Independence Boulevard was shut down for a day earlier this year because of a broken pipe near Margaret Wallace Road.

In August 2011, a 200-foot section of Park Road was destroyed after a 24-inch water line ruptured. City Council approved spending $475,000 for emergency repairs of the road. Staff writer Neil Haggerty contributed.

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