UPDATE: More pipe problems keep Turner Road closed

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - All lanes of Turner Road are closed as crews begin fixing a 6-foot sinkhole.

We know now that there are actually 2 sewer lines underneath Turner Road that are failing, that aided to the collapse of the road. That finding of a second sewer is causing the work to be a little more complicated than expected.

We talked with a local business owner who is seeing an affect today from the closed road. He says, business is down today,  but it's a good thing it's a cloudy day.

"I'm glad that it was today when it was a cloudy day for our car wash. Because, you know, normally, we don't get too much business on these types of days," says Matthew Carlmark, manager of New Life for Youth Thrift Store and Car Wash.

Crews on the scene tell us the pipes in the ground are about 35 years old. That means the pipe has outlived it's age and usefulness. We've also learned the pipe used in the ground now is no longer made.

Crews say one pipe will have to be completely replaced. As for the second pipe, "We also founded a second pipe is going to require replacing or some modifications. A little bit unexpected. What we thought we'd find we didn't necessarily get," says Dale Totten, with VDOT.

He adds, we might see problems like this, with the piping,  pop up again in the future. But he says, VDOT works to replace the pipes before problems like a sinkhole happens.

This whole ordeal started on Monday afternoon when a police officer first noticed the problem.

Since then crews have been working for days to put a temporary patch over the sinkhole, and prep the road for the big dig.

VDOT closed Turner Road in both directions just south of Hull Street Road (Route 360) to repair the sinkhole that was discovered earlier this week. VDOT and utility crews are on site and expect the repairs to continue through the afternoon rush hour.

Workers found an additional drainage pipe that will need to be replaced, requiring the closure of both the north and southbound lanes.

Expect major delays at the Turner Road/Hull Street Road intersection, particularly during the afternoon rush hour. Avoid the area if possible. Turner Road traffic is encouraged to use the following detour.

Eastbound Hull Street Road drivers who need to access Turner Road are encouraged to use Walmsley Boulevard as an alternate.

Westbound Hull Street Road drivers would use Goodes Bridge Road to access Turner Road.

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