The N.C. Department of Transportation said washed-out sections of two Charlotte roads are expected to reopen on Saturday.
On Wednesday afternoon, the state closed Mount Holly-Huntersville Road in both directions between Harris Boulevard and Northlake Center Parkway. A five-foot void developed under the road because of a washout caused by heavy rains.
DOT maintenance crews have posted signs detouring traffic from Mount Holly-Huntersville Road to Hambright Road to McCoy Road to Beatties Ford Road, and then back to Mount Holly-Huntersville Road.
Motorists are advised to avoid the area and not attempt to drive around barricades for their safety. Crews are far enough along on repairs that the section could open on Saturday, DOT spokeswoman Jen Thompson said Thursday.
A loose stormwater pipe, meanwhile, contributed to a washout that was originally expected to keep part of Wilkinson Boulevard closed until the beginning of next week.
State engineers sent a robotic camera underneath the street Wednesday afternoon to help determine what caused the washout, which was discovered Tuesday. Rainfall contributed to the pavement failure, which ran 12 feet deep and about 25 feet wide, said Jeff Littlefield of the N.C. Department of Transportation.
The eastbound side of Wilkinson Boulevard, a route between Gaston County and Charlotte, is the section that’s closed.
The stretch is just west of Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Two of the three eastbound lanes had been closed since Tuesday morning.
Barring additional heavy rain, state engineers plan to fix the pipe and reopen the closed lanes by Saturday.
To get around the closed lanes, motorists heading toward Charlotte should turn right on Old Dowd Road and then left on Sam Wilson Road.
Staff writers Steve Lyttle and Dan Burley contributed.
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