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Shoppes on the Parkway closed Monday after a storm drain box collapsed beneath the entry road. The shopping center reopened Tuesday with a detour entrance. Photo by Kellen Short

Originally published: 2013-06-21 14:25:01
Last modified: 2013-06-21 14:25:01

Road collapses at Tanger

A portion of the entry drive collapsed Monday morning at Shoppes on the Parkway in Blowing Rock, and Tanger Outlets has now reopened and is working to repair the damage.

General Manager Heidi Ellis said the collapse happened around 9:30 a.m. Monday in an area where several storm drains and pipes converge at a median between the entry and exit lanes.

The hole is roughly 10 feet across.

“It’s not a sinkhole per se,” she said. “It’s not a true sinkhole, it’s just where some storm drains come all into one area.”

Employees of Greene Construction who were working on a different project at the shops heard the noise and alerted the management to the collapse, she said. It was also spotted by employees entering the center for work.

The shopping center closed Monday, but reopened at 10 a.m. Tuesday using a detour road through a grass area near the entry.

Ellis said the affected area held storm drain lines for the outlets and redirected a creek beneath the shopping center. She said she was not sure how long a complete repair might take.

“The area is completely secured by a tall fence, and we are assessing the damage and working up a plan to start repairing,” Ellis said.

For more information and stories, see The Blowing Rocket.

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