Work continues to fill hole in road

WORKMEN have started filling in a hole which suddenly appeared in a Felixstowe street.

WORKMEN have started filling in a hole which suddenly appeared in a Felixstowe street.

Part of Gainsborough Road has been sealed off to traffic for five days since the tarmac crumbled away - revealing a small cavern beneath the road surface.

Officials believe a leaking water pipe is likely to have caused the problem.

Contractors were called in to deal with the situation - but had to make the 15 inch by 20 inch hole bigger before they could make it vanish.


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They had to dig up a larger section of road to reveal the full extent of the empty area below ground, which was several feet deep and wide, before they could fill it again and put in place a new road surface.

Once the work is complete the stretch of road between Constable Road and Felix Road can be re-opened.

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Three years ago, a similar hole appeared in St Andrew's Road where water had leaked from a pipe over a long period of time, eroding and washing away sand and soil.

This eventually caused a cave under the road and left the surface so thin a hole appeared.

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