A massive sinkhole – 20-feet wide, 15-feet-deep – has forced the state to close Mallard Creek Road near Johnston-Oehler Road in northeast Charlotte. The section of road, south of Interstate 485 near Mallard Creek High, will likely stay closed the rest of August for repairs, officials said.
The sinkhole stretches across both travel lanes and even exposes once-buried gas, sewer and water lines along the side of the road. Heavy rains Monday night are credited with sweeping the pavement away, with water going both under and over the road at one point, officials said.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say the sinkhole was discovered after a large delivery truck hit the hole, bounced and flew across, sending the driver to the hospital. WCNC reports the driver who struck the hole had minor injuries.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation said Tuesday that crews were assessing the damage and putting an emergency contract together for repairs. August 31 is the goal for completion, officials said.
A detour set in place calls for Mallard Creek Road traffic to be diverted to Prosperity Church and Johnston-Oehler roads, before returning to Mallard Creek Road, officials said.
Media outlets were also reporting a smaller sinkhole appeared Tuesday on West Boulevard’s Irwin Creek bridge near Barrington Drive. The hole is in one of the west bound lanes, the station reported.
The hole on Mallard Creek Road represents one of the biggest to appear in the region in recent years. Among the largest was a sinkhole that formed in 2005 in Hickory, in the parking lot of the old Buffalo's Southwest Cafe on U.S. 70. The hole grew to be 30-by-20-feet large.