Crews to replace pipe that failed during Matthew, caused sinkhole

Eastbound lane on Route 58 will be closed around the work site

A sinkhole formed on Route 58 in Southampton County after Hurricane Matthew. Image Credit: Southampton County Sheriff's Office

SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — U.S. Route 58 is closing Thursday in Southampton County, so crews can replace a pipe that broke during Hurricane Matthew and caused a massive sinkhole.

VDOT said in early October that the 66-inch pipe broke, partly because of the storm, and caused a sinkhole to form on Route 58.

The resulting sinkhole that formed was 15 feet by 20 feet in width, and was 15 feet deep, according to the The Southampton County Sheriff’s Office. Officials said in October that the pipe couldn’t be repaired and would have to be replaced.

Crews on Thursday will begin work to replace the 66-inch pipe.

This work will cause major traffic changes on Route 58 in the area around the work site.

VDOT says all eastbound lanes on Route 58 will be closed between the Pretlow Street Bridge and the Suffolk city line at the Blackwater Bridge.

Eastbound traffic will be shifted over to one of the westbound lanes. This will reduce the four-lane highway to a two-lane undivided highway.

The speed limit will be lowered to  45 miles per hour in that area. Motorists are being asked to use extreme caution during the shift.

VDOT says the work will begin late next week and is expected to take eight weeks to complete.