The Virginia Department of Transportation says the right lane of Route 460 in Bedford County is expected to reopen on Tuesday evening.
State Police tell Your Hometown News Leader that one lane will remain closed for most of the day today if not longer in Bedford County.
The sinkhole is in the right lane of Route 460 headed east in Bedford County just east of the Bedford city line.
A stormwater pipe underneath the road came apart and caused the road to buckle.
Workers hope to have the lane back open as soon as possible.
One lane of Route 460 in Bedford will remain blocked until Tuesday, as crews work to fix a giant hole in the road.
A pipe that carries stormwater came apart recently, according to Jamie Smith, a spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Transportation. Water leaking from the pipe caused the ground underneath the highway to erode.
A hole measuring five feet wide and six feet deep opened up around 4:30 Sunday afternoon, in the eastbound lanes of 460 near the Bedford Applebee's. VDOT carved a larger hole in the road Monday to fix the problem.
Crews are removing dirt and other material, so the ground under the highway can be stabilized. VDOT officials point out that they are not dealing with a "sinkhole."
"Normally a sinkhole is a natural occurance, because of caverns under the road a natural water source that is eroding, but this was caused by a pipe failure," said Smith.
Smith said the pipe that came apart dates back to the 1950's or 60's, so its age likely contributed to the problem.
Once the ground beneath the road is stabilized, VDOT will fill the hole back up and replace the pavement.
The work is expected to be completed by Monday evening, but all lanes of the road won't open back up until Tuesday because the pavement will need time to set and cool.