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Sinkhole forces lane closure on Rayford Road

July 7, 2017

Montgomery County Precinct 3 Commissioner’s Office officials closed an eastbound lane on Rayford Road near Wild Rose Drive Thursday evening due to a sinkhole in the road.

According to Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack, an area of road roughly 5 feet long by 2-1/2 feet wide and 8 inches deep had to be temporarily plated until it can be permanently repaired. The right lane of eastbound traffic is closed.

“I have spoken to an engineer, and tomorrow we will identify the problem and repair it,” Noack said. “Thanks to law enforcement for their assistance with traffic control and special thanks to a quick-thinking citizen for calling and alerting me of the issue. Due to these actions we have no reported damages or injuries.”

A recently formed depression in the pavement of eastbound lanes of Rayford Road near Wild Rose quickly developed into the beginnings of a full-blown sink hole, according to Noack.

Early indications are that a drain pipe located under the pavement either collapsed or otherwise separated, leading to the erosion of the pavement foundation. Further investigation should yield details about the cause.

Wild Rose Drive sits across the street from Kroger on Rayford Road just west of Aldine Westfield. Law enforcement officers reported the sinkhole around 5 p.m. Thursday.