There’s a sinkhole on Shire Lane near Gordon Road; motorists should use caution

A sinkhole formed outside the Belmar Forest subdivision in New Hanover County

A sinkhole, similar to the one pictured above in Sunset Beach, has formed near the entrance of Belmar Forest, a subdivision off Gordon Road. (Port City Daily/File photo)
A sinkhole, similar to the one pictured above in Sunset Beach, has formed near the entrance of Belmar Forest, a subdivision off Gordon Road. (Port City Daily/File photo)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY—A sinkhole has formed on Shire Lane, a private, residential road in Wilmington. The sinkhole formed outside the entrance to Belmar Forest, a subdivision off Gordon Road.

According to New Hanover County spokesperson Jessica Loeper, the sinkhole occurred on a “small stretch” of a privately-owned road.

“County Engineering is working to understand what the next steps would potentially be,” Loeper wrote in an email. “The sinkhole is not blocking anyone’s driveway and it is barricaded to prevent cars from driving near it.”


Barricades have been placed around the sinkhole by the county’s Engineering Department to prevent cars from being damaged. Loeper said the county’s Engineering Department is currently “evaluating the situation.”

The sinkhole occupies the 6505 to 6506 block of Shire Lane. The county warns motorists to avoid this area of Shire Lane if possible.


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