Hole forms in Western Bay of Plenty road

The hole in Bell Road.

A temporary culvert is being installed in a Western Bay of Plenty road after a large hole formed.

A Bell Road resident sent in photos of the hole, which shows the tarseal had collapsed.

The hole in the road only developed on Tuesday afternoon, says a Western Bay of Plenty spokesperson.

“It began a year ago as a depression on the edge and this was bridged with steel plates at the time.

“A temporary culvert is being installed at the moment to maintain drainage flows and the road is likely to remain as single lane until a more long-term solution box culvert is installed. Construction for this is planned for late September.

“Council’s contractor is working with the power, communication and water main service providers to relocate their services prior to then.”

The end of Bell Road, towards the Kaituna River from Parton Road, will remain closed to non-residential traffic, while contractors undertake the work.

“Residents will be kept informed on the progress.”

 


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