Sherborne A30 reopens after collapse fears

Crown Inn, Sherborne Image copyright Crown Inn, Sherborne
Image caption The 15m by 6m area of road outside the pub was cordoned off with barriers and hay bales

A major route through Dorset that has been closed for nearly four weeks has reopened.

The A30 in Sherborne was closed on 31 May amid fears it could collapse. The road is a major east-west route linking Shaftesbury and Yeovil, in Somerset.

Dorset County Council said the road was expected to reopen by 06:00 BST and thanked motorists for their patience.

During the closure, one pub took the opportunity to use the closed carriageway as a "pop-up beer garden".

Image copyright Dorset County Council
Image caption The council said the road reopened early on Saturday

Ian Blackmore, owner of the Crown Inn, said putting tables and chairs on the road had proved "absolutely wonderful".

Temporary traffic lights had been in place on the A30 Newell, at the junction with the B3148 Marston Road, since 3 May due to culvert drainage works.

However, Dorset County Council said an investigation found "large amounts of material have been lost from the roof of the culvert, leaving it vulnerable to collapse".

Dorset County Council's highways team said the emergency repair and resurfacing was now complete.

Image copyright Dorset County Hospital
Image caption Utility pipes which had contributed to the road collapse have been exposed

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