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200 tonnes of stone used to fill in giant pothole

three and a half metre-deep sinkhole in Somerset Photo: Somerset County Council

Highways engineers from Somerset County Council have filled in a gaping chasm on a section of road near Wells.

The sinkhole measured five metres across and was over three and a half metres deep. It was discovered when the Council were called to inspect a section of the B3135 Roemead Road at Green Ore.

Engineers used 200 tonnes of stone to fill in sinkhole Credit: Somerset County Council

Following a safety study, engineers filled in the hole with almost 200 tonnes of stone before drainage and resurfacing took place. The road reopened at the end of last week.

It is not clear what caused the damage, but roads across Somerset have seen an increase in potholes since the winter storms earlier this year.

I’d like to praise the Highways staff and contractors involved in this repair project. Our roads have been hit hard following the severe weather over the last couple of years but our teams have worked exceptionally hard throughout. Somerset County Council repaired over 25,000 potholes during the last financial year which is nearly 70 every day – thankfully extreme incidents like this one are very rare.

– Cllr Harvey Siggs, Cabinet Member for Highways
The B3135 Roemead Road has reopened Credit: Somerset County Council