E. Lexington may reopen Tuesday

Jun. 15, 2014 @ 05:30 PM

Officials said it may be Tuesday before a street where crews are working to repair a sinkhole is reopened.
The city closed E. Lexington Avenue to through traffic between N. Centennial Street and N. College Drive on Friday after a large hole opened in the roadbed.
The sinkhole was caused by a stormwater pipe that ruptured, according to High Point Public Services Director Terry Houk.
Officials think the rupture was caused by a blockage in the 24-inch line, he added.
Crews are replacing a section of the pipe and a portion of a sewer line that was on top of it. Houk said Sunday that workers had installed about three-quarters of the new line.
“It turned out to be a little deeper than we thought it was going to be and then we had to add another junction box in, so it’s taken longer than we thought it would.,” he said. “It will probably be Tuesday before we finish up.”
Once the line is repaired and the sinkhole filled, a portion of the road will be repaved before it reopens.
Houk said neither the size nor the age of the stormwater pipe appeared to be factors in its rupture, which washed out a large area under the road.
“Whatever restricted the downstream flow — at some point, it’s got to go somewhere,” he said.