CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – The sinkhole repair project on Turner Road has drivers and local businesses anxiously waiting for the road to reopen.
The Patel family is sitting in empty chairs at their donut shop anxiously waiting for the nearby construction project to be over. Ever since the sinkhole was discovered, they've seen business decline costing them about 300 to 400 dollars a day.
"Here is a lot of traffic but now there is no traffic," said a member of the Patel family. "Meantime in the morning time, nobody comes in here."
What started out as a sinkhole has turned into a major construction project on Turner Road. All four lanes of traffic were closed as crews fixed an underground pipe.
"Well anytime we have to replace a pipe that goes all the way across the road we have to close the road. It was a danger because of the pipe that was in there that already collapsed," said Butch Sirry with VDOT.
"I was heading over here to Hull Street and I got detoured probably a mile and half this other way," said driver Brian Labrie.
Brian Labrie is one of many drivers who had been detoured because of this unexpected road project. Crews expect repairs to take up a good portion of the day.
"We've already reset the new pipe and we're filling in that pipe with sand and gravel and putting asphalt on top of it. We anticipate being finished before it gets dark," said Sirry.
Thankfully, the 6 foot hole didn't damage any cars when it was initially discovered. Other than a few inconvenienced drivers, the road should be reopened later today. The Patel family hopes so, so they can get back to business as usual.
Workers here have prepared to finish this project even if the sun goes down. They anticipate the project being completed by about 8:00 or 9:00 p.m.