July 12, 2006
Once again VDOT is dealing with a gigantic hole in the southbound lanes of Route 29 just south of Airport Road. VDOT was alerted to the problem just after 2 p.m. by Albemarle County Police. When they responded, the found a 6 to 8 foot hole in the one of the travel lanes. The hole reached nearly 10 feet deep and was located in the same spot that a previous hole opened back in November.
County police quickly closed the two travel lanes along with the right hand turn lane to traffic. They begin digging around 6 p.m., trying to get to the a drainage pipe that flows beneath the roads surface.
Just yesterday, VDOT officials examined the road after noticing it was beginning to sink. They took a robotic camera underground to try and locate the cause of the roadway sagging. They determined that a drainage pipe was leaking causing the ground to weaken around the pipe. Less than 24 hours later, the ground gave way.
According to VDOT officials, work will continue all through the night and at least through the morning rush hour. Drivers using that route should allow extra time for travel as delays will be a factor.