Virginia Department of Transportation closed Route 222 Weems Road in Lancaster on December 4 after finding a large sinkhole that spans 40 to 60 feet wide. And the road isn’t expected to reopen until at least mid-January.
A passing motorist noticed the road was cracking and contacted VDOT’s local headquarters. By the time the staff arrived, the sinkhole had formed. “It was caused by a pipe under the roadway that has collapsed,” said Tina Bundy, Communications Coordinator from VDOT.
The department will need to hire contractors for the repair because the sinkhole is 15 to 20 feet deep and fixing it requires a long reach excavator. As of Friday, Bundy projected it would take a week to 10 days to complete preliminary work before the job begins. Those tasks include securing a contractor, ordering materials, and doing environmental work. “There is a small pond upstream so we want to make sure all the appropriate measures are taken before we begin,” said Bundy.
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