Sinkhole shuts down major intersection

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A sinkhole that broke pavement in the middle of the intersection at James and Church Streets has forced officials to shut down the crossing and detour traffic.

Authorities said the sinkhole erupted sometime during the night Thursday, April 25.

It is expected to be shut down for at least a week.

Town manager Charles Brown said the town does not have the equipment to make the repairs and it is a project that must be contracted out.

“I don’t have any estimates on the repair costs, but I am sure it is not going to be cheap,” he said.

It is the second major sinkhole to erupt in the downtown district within the last year.

The previous one at Main and Center Streets cost the town nearly $30,000.

The town manager said the latest sinkhole was a “washout.”

“It is basically a result of Hurricanes Floyd, Fran, Irene, Matthew and Florence, and 120 inches of rain in 2018,” Brown said.

The wash of rain under the pavement created a hole bigger than the town can repair and a contractor will need to be hired, he added. The intersection will remain closed until the work can be completed.

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