UPDATE: Highway 11 South In Pitt County Open After Sink Hole Repair

A part of Highway 11 in Pitt County is open again after crews worked into the night to repair a sink hole.

Both southbound lanes of Highway 11, south of Ayden, closed Wednesday when what started as a pot hole revealed a large sink hole. The hole was ten feet deep and ten feet wide.

They believe a leaking storm drainage line in the median caused the hole, according to Stroud. He said they found the leak in that pipe to only be the width of an index finger, and they believe it had been eroding the soil for years, if not decades.

The DOT opened the road around 12:30 a.m. Thursday.




Part of a major highway is closed down after a large sink hole developed in the roadway.

Both southbound lanes of Highway 11, south of Ayden, are closed.

Jeremy Stroud, DOT Maintenance Engineer, says crews fixed a pot hole on the four-lane highway, but it got worse. He said it turned out to be a large sink hole under the pavement and they were forced to shut down both lanes, as the more they dug the more the hole grew.

Right now there is a ten foot wide by ten foot deep trench in the highway.

Stroud says crews will work through the night to get the highway repaired. He hopes to have Highway 11 reopened by Thursday morning.

They believe a leaking storm drainage line in the median caused the hole, according to Stroud. He said they found the leak in that pipe to only be the width of an index finger, and they believe it had been eroding the soil for years, if not decades.

A detour has been set up for southbound traffic. Vehicles are turning right onto Old Snow Hill Road and continue to Pleasant Plain Road, then making a left turn onto Pleasant Plain Road and continue to Jacksontown Road, turning left. Stay on Jacksontown Road and turn right to re-access Highway 11 South.


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