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Sinkhole closes 360 East in Meherrin

A sizable sinkhole on the eastbound side of U.S. 360 in Meherrin required the shutdown of that roadway Wednesday morning, March 24.

A press release from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) stated eastbound U.S. Route 360, Patrick Henry Highway, in Prince Edward County from Bruceville Road, Route 701 in Lunenburg County to Moores Ordinary Road, Route 728 in Prince Edward County is closed for emergency repairs and a detour established.

VDOT Lynchburg District Communications Manager Paula K. Jones said she was told Wednesday afternoon that the sinkhole is believed to be around 25 feet deep.

“Also, we are working toward possibly getting one lane open tonight and completing the rest of the work tomorrow,” she also said Wednesday afternoon.

Assistant Prince Edward County Administrator Sarah Elam Puckett noted the sinkhole is located just east of a concrete plant, S.B. Cox Ready Mix, which is at 3907 Patrick Henry Highway.

VDOT’s release stated the maintenance work is anticipated to be complete by Thursday evening, March 25. Traffic control devices will alert motorists to the changes in traffic pattern. Eastbound traffic is being detoured off U.S. 360 East to Route 701, onto Route 728 and back onto U.S. 360 East.