Another Hole Closes Rte. 29 N

By: Whitney Holmes Email
By: Whitney Holmes Email

June 18, 2007

For the third time in a year and a half, the southbound right lane and turn lane on Route 29 North near Airport Road is closed due to a hole in the road.

In November of 2005 and then last July, a pipe burst under the road, causing the road to collapse.

Monday morning, there was just a dip in the road, but VDOT wanted to do tests, causing them to dig up the road to see if a pipe had burst again.

"We are going to take the top layer of the asphalt layer off and see what is underneath. If we don't have a major void and it has just settled, then we will just patch over the asphalt," explained VDOT's Darin Simpson. "Underneath, the camera will go up, and we will see what is going on under this location."

VDOT already had plans to replace the pipe with a larger one. Officials tell drivers to expect the southbound right lane and turn lane to remain closed through rush hour.

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