No end in sight for Paignton roadworks after holes unexpectedly appear
WORK to improve a busy road in Paignton will take longer than expected after two holes appeared in the surface.
Contractors working for Torbay Council started work on Tuesday to reconstruct Torbay Road between Esplanade Road and the level crossing.
But work was put on hold when two holes appeared that turned out to be a faulty sewer.
Further survey work revealed other faulty sections that now need repairing.
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It means work, that was scheduled to take three weeks, will now carry on longer with the council admitting it does not know when the problem will be solved.
Contractors cannot continue on site until South West Water has completed these repairs.
A Torbay Council spokesman said: "The closure of Torbay Road had originally been planned for three weeks, but we don't know at the moment how long this closure will be needed.
"Following extensive local consultation, the scheme was programmed after the main tourism season and before the run up to the Christmas period.
"We have carried out a letter drop to local businesses and property owners to make them aware of the situation, and we have also informed the town centres company and local councillors.
"We are awaiting information from South West Water about what repairs will be carried out and how long it will take so we can provide an update.
"We will continue to work closely with our colleagues in South West Water to ensure the necessary sewer works are completed as quickly as possible.
"It is fortunate that the problem was identified at this stage rather than after the completion of the road scheme, as this would have meant the newly laid surface having to be dug up.
"We apologise for any inconvenience resulting from the road closure and the delay in work being carried out.
"However, full pedestrian access to all businesses and properties in Torbay Road is being maintained.
"Vehicles can still come up from Esplanade Road and then turn left into Queens Road or right into Garfield Road, and access continues to the rear of most properties."
A spokesman for South West Water said: "We were alerted to a damaged sewer, discovered during resurfacing work on Torbay Road in Paignton, on Tuesday 1 October. We attended the site the same day to carry out a CCTV survey, which revealed several holes in sections of a 600mm stone culvert beneath the road surface.
"In order to determine the extent of the repair work necessary our contractors are conducting further investigations which will be complete by the end of the week. Unfortunately we cannot confirm a timescale at this early stage but will advise once the extent has been confirmed. Regrettably the resurfacing work will have to be delayed until the sewer is repaired.
"We would like to apologise for the inconvenience this has caused but also reassure our customers that the sewer in question is not leaking or causing any kind of pollution."