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Engineers work around the clock to complete repairs to Commercial Road

Posted by on 13 June 2019 | Comments

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Commercial Road in Lowestoft is due to reopen by early next week following the collapse of the road late last month.

Teams from Anglian Water and East Suffolk Council were notified by Highways England of a sink hole appearing in Lowestoft on Commercial Road on Monday 27 May.

Due to the location of the sinkhole and its close proximity to other utilities nearby, including gas and electricity, a careful excavation, by hand, needed to be undertaken by Anglian Water before any more thorough investigations could begin.

Regan Harris from Anglian Water said: “Once our teams excavated underneath the sinkhole they found a damaged, unused section of pipework which has subsequently been repaired. This pipe was not part of our operational sewer network, but runs next to our existing system.

“Now the pipe has been repaired, work to repair the road resurfacing is currently taking place, so the road can reopen as soon as possible. We expect these repairs to be completed early next week and then we will be able to remove the traffic lights.

"We have also been surveying our sewer pipes in the surrounding area to make sure things are running as they should and have found no other damage caused by the sinkhole.”

Cllr Craig Rivett, Deputy Leader of East Suffolk Council and Cabinet Member for Economic Development said: “This is a timely reminder of the impact that traffic issues can have on Lowestoft and although this is clearly a complicated problem, a thorough but speedy resolution is critical for the town. We have been liaising closely with Anglian Water and Suffolk Highways and we are very pleased that the road will shortly be reopening fully.”

Waveney MP, Peter Aldous commented, “These unavoidable roadworks have caused considerable inconvenience to businesses, commuters and to the public and it is welcome news that the repairs will be completed in the next few days. It is important that in the short term a professional assessment of the below ground services at this busy junction is carried out, so that if necessary steps can be taken to reduce the risk of further problems. In the longer term the 3rd Crossing provides the opportunity to create a better road system to serve the town centre.”

Anglian Water and East Suffolk Council would like to thank the public for their patience during the repairs to Commercial Road, and apologise for any inconvenience caused by the road works.