Major artery to Mallard Creek High will be blocked when school starts

One of two key arteries used to reach Mallard Creek High will not be open in time for the start of classes, promising traffic problems for parents and students.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation said it will take until Sept. 4 to fix the sinkhole that formed earlier this week on Mallard Creek Road, just south of Interstate 485.

That’s a week after the start of classes for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. Adding to the troubles is a detour that will funnel traffic past the school on Johnston-Oehler Road.

The sinkhole – 20 feet wide and 15 feet deep – cut across both lanes of Mallard Creek Road on Monday after a night of torrential rain. Flood waters were going both over and under the road at one point, and washed out the foundation and the pavement, exposing utility pipes along the side of the road.

Repair work will begin Monday, officials said.

A detour remains in place for motorists along Mallard Creek Road, Prosperity Church Road, and Johnston-Oehler Road back to Mallard Creek Road.

The sinkhole was discovered early Monday after a large delivery truck hit the hole, bounced and flew across, sending the driver to the hospital with minor injuries, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said.