Spot on Wilkesboro Blvd. slowly sinking
The source of a small depression in the right eastbound lane of Wilkesboro Boulevard near Arrowood Street has cars slowing down and swerving, if the drivers see it before they hit it, and has officials scratching their heads.
An area of pavement about the size of a large door has sunk about 6 inches. The N.C. Department of Transportation is investigating but says the ground around it will have to be excavated to figure out the exact cause.
The road apparently began to collapse around April, said Kenny Heavner, the DOT's county maintenance engineer. A water line runs nearby, with a service line running to the water meter for a building occupied by Barlow Real Estate Services, whose water service was turned on in March.
"We called the City of Lenoir, and they ran a test but determined there was no leak there, and there are no culverts" under the road, Heavner said. "The only thing there are utilities."
"It looks more like the base under the road is just slumping," said Radford Thomas, Lenoir Public Utilities Director.
Richard Barlow, owner of the realty company, said he worries every time trucks whiz by.
"It sounds like a train when they hit the hole," he said. "I hope it doesn't flip a car that's speeding by."
Plans are to eventually close down that lane of Wilkesboro Boulevard to excavate and find the cause. The excavation has been on the DOT's to-do list, but more pressing issues such as flooding and washed-out roads have pushed the job back.
"We hope to get to it by the end of the month," Heavner said.