NCDOT project to repair Chatham County sinkhole to begin by mid-March

Pittsboro, NC – Crews will soon begin work to address the sinkhole on Lystra Road. In January, the N.C. Department of Transportation closed the road over Jordan Lake and set up detours due to the development of this sinkhole. The Department plans to award a contract to repair the road and 35-foot embankment later this month, with work expected to start by the second week of March.

Lystra Road Sinkhole

NCDOT will begin extensive four month project to repair Lystra Road sinkhole by second week of March.

There are two 72-inch culverts crossing underneath the roadway; both will need replacing due to damage that occurred during recent weather events and age of the pipes. Crews will replace the two culverts with one larger, 12-foot diameter culvert.

The project will involve:

Relocating a water line that provides water to local residents,
Excavating both damaged pipes,
Placing the new, larger pipe,
Refilling the area with earth and
Repaving of the road.

This will be an extensive project. Currently, NCDOT engineers are finalizing contract plans and coordination with utility owners and the Army Corps of Engineers. Crews expect to complete work by early June, weather permitting.

Drivers will continue to follow a signed detour between Farrington Point and Jack Bennett Road. If traveling east on Lystra Road, this detour will use Jack Bennett Road southwest to Big Woods Road, then south on Big Woods Road to U.S. 64 then east to Farrington Point Road then north to Lystra Road. From Farrington Point Road the detour route would be reversed. Lystra Road is accessible to local traffic.

Drivers are asked to use caution in the area and expect an increase in travel times.