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Roadworks machine gets "stuck" into repairs
12:07pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
ROADWORKS in a Southampton street came crashing to a halt after the road collapsed underneath one of the machines.
The heavyweight road planer plunged several inches below the surface of Quantock Road in Millbrook just hours after maintenance teams began a fiveday resurfacing project.
The giant yellow machine, which is the length of three houses, was left stuck in the middle of the road, with its conveyor belt hanging high in the air.
Workmen from Balfour Beatty spent hours trying to work out how to lift the machinery. An even bigger piece of specialist equipment will be needed to get it out this morning.
Part of the road which has already been dug up, will need to be made strong enough to hold the crane, to stop the road collapsing under that too.
Residents living directly opposite, like Penny Wright, 54, cannot get their cars out of their driveways until it has been removed.
Mrs Wright, who has lived in the road for 28 years, said: “The workmen have just been stood there, scratching their heads, trying to figure out what they can do to get it out. We could have told them this was going to happen; my husband even said last night that anything too heavy wouldn’t work on the weak road surface, because it has been here for 60 years.”
A spokesman from Southampton City Council said that as a result of the incident the roadworks would take “slightly longer” than anticipated.
Letters were sent out to residents last night to explain the situation.
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