Keldgate to reopen next week
Keldgate in Beverley is expected to reopen by the middle of next week, East Riding Council announced today.
Investigations found high groundwater levels were the probable reason for a 4m high wall, adjoining Keldgate Manor, becoming unstable.
Utility companies have now finalised work on the road, and the council has started reinstating the footway, kerbs and the carriageway.
An emergency road closure was put in place more than a week ago after the wall's foundations became defective and a contractor, working on behalf of the council, dismantled the wall in the interests of public safety.
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The council has then spent a number of days investigating a void and settlement under the highway, but has had to proceed carefully due to the proximity of vital services, including gas, water, electricity and communications serving large parts of Beverley.
Engineers have now repaired the void and will begin resurfacing works early next week, anticipating that the road will re-open to motorists and the travelling public toward the middle/end of the week.
Nigel Leighton, director of environment and neighbourhood services at East Riding Council, said: "The council has now completed its investigations and it would appear that high groundwater levels have affected the wall's foundations, resulting in the wall sinking.
"I would like to thank residents, motorists and the travelling public for their patience and understanding during these works, which have had to be carried out in a diligent and careful manner due to their proximity to the town's vital services.
"Once the reinstatement of the footway and carriageway is complete the affected section of road will be resurfaced before being re-opened. The council is hopeful that this work will be completed early next week and an exact date for the lifting of the road closure confirmed."
The council will continue to keep residents updated on the situation via letter, local media and Twitter, just follow @ER_roads.
Any enquiries relating to the road closure and diversion can be directed to the council's highways customer care line, on 0845 6001666.