Two Ipswich roads re-opened yesterday (30 April) after months of work to replace a sewer blocked by concrete.

The emergency work became necessary when a building company poured concrete into a drain last October.  

The concrete set hard some five metres beneath the surface filling a 50-metre stretch of sewer, forcing Anglian Water to close Defoe Road and neighbouring Chepstow Road as their engineers battled to put right the damage.  

Antony Innes from Anglian Water said: “I’m pleased to say that both Chepstow Road and Defoe Road have now been fully re-opened following a very difficult repair.  

“It proved impossible to know the extent of the damage without digging out the whole sewer and that meant we were on site a lot longer than anyone would have wanted.  

“While the concrete was removed and the pipe itself repaired in early April, it still took several weeks to restore the road, paths and other utility services.”  

Some work still remains to be done, but both roads are now fully open.  

Antony added: “We know this work may have caused frustration for residents and road users in the area and want to thank customers for their patience and understanding.”