Sinkhole is still being repaired

Work on a sinkhole in Hickory may take the weekend to be repaired.

A sinkhole opened Thursday near in the entrance to Judge's Barbecue and Catering at 1975 U.S. 70 SE in Hickory, stopping traffic in both directions and causing problems for local business owners.

The hole, measuring about 18 feet deep by 12 feet wide, opened at about 3 p.m., according to Hickory Public Utilities workers. Several businesses' water was turned off while crews tried to fix the problem.

City of Hickory Public Utilities, North Carolina Department of Transportation, Hickory Police, contractors, and more officials from various agencies continue to be on the scene where the sinkhole is located.

Officials continue to assess the situation, and it does appear to be storm drain related.

Crews will work until the problem is fixed and repairs are complete. It may take throughout the weekend before work is complete.

A work zone is in place to secure motorists, and the two westbound lanes are closed between Chili's and Colonial Lanes Bowling Alley.

Motorists are asked to take alternate routes if possible.