Watford sink hole closes road

A road in Watford is to be closed over fears that a sinkhole exists deep under the surface.

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Road could be closed for 4 days

Hertfordshire Council says the road could be closed for up to four days Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Hertfordshire Council has closed St Johns Road, between Woodford Road and Clarendon Road this morning - and say it could remain shut for up to four days.

Preliminary investigations into the hole last week had to be stopped amid fears about undermining the road and footway Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Investigations will include excavating a hole from the pavement to the middle of the road.

The council added: "It is possible that by exposing the hole and then subsequently back-filling, this will cure the problem. A small section will be resurfaced upon completion.

Road closed until investigations complete

A hole has appeared in St John's Road in Watford, Hertfordshire, and preliminary investigations carried out last week had to be stopped as there were concerns about undermining the road and footway further.

Following further investigations today, the road is being shut until work on it can be completed.

A geotechnical engineer present during the investigations advised that there is a possibility that a sinkhole exists deep down in the underlying chalk.

– Hertfordshire County Council


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