M2 15ft sinkhole filled with 40 tonnes of pea shingle as motorway is partially opened
Investigations into the 15 foot-deep hole that appeared in a central reservation located between junction 5 for Sittingbourne and junction 6 for Faversham is still continuing after the hole was filled with 40 tonnes of pea shingle yesterday to stabilise it.
The crater that measures five metres by two metres wide and it is about 15 metres deep, opened up two days ago (Tuesday) causing panic and gridlocking motorists.
The sinkhole is believed to be caused by the extensive and heavy rainfall.
The Highways Agency has announced that it opened lane one and the hard shoulder London-bound and the hard shoulder coast-bound just after 6am today, with the hard shoulder being used to allow traffic to pass the hole, but investigations are continuing on the ground under the road.
Geotechnical investigations are trying to find the cause to allow the repair to be safely completed so that the remaining lanes can be reopened to traffic.
The Highways Agency expects that a full assessmentof the hole will take at least another 48 hours .
The Agency is warning motorists to expect delays on the coastbound carriageway, so road users are advised to consider using alternate routes and continue using the diversion via the A249, M20, A20, A252 and A251
On a less serious note, the M2 sinkhole has become famous enough to warrant its own Twitter profilethat already has 261 followers since it was created a day ago.
Someone with a hilarious of humor has decided to be the “Bad boy of the M2. Bringing you all the inside info on the chaos I'm causing! Get the hole story here!
Some of the funny tweets include:
“I'm not causing as much chaos this morning. Feeling a bit depressed about it.”
“Got visited by a government minister today. It was cool, but I was hoping for Beckham. The Philippines got Beckham”
“Anyway, gonna chill for a bit now and watch a film. What Lies Beneath. I thought I might be able to relate to it.”