A key route around the centre of Lynn is set to be closed next month in order to repair damage caused by the recent tidal surge, highways officials have warned.
The town’s South Quay was shut to through traffic throughout the day on Tuesday as contractors assessed a depression in the surface which had developed at the corner of King’s Staithe Square.
Although temporary repairs were carried out and the route was reopened in time for the rush hour on Wednesday morning, Norfolk County Council officials have since confirmed that more work will be needed in the area early in the new year.
A spokesman for the authority said: “We have managed to keep the road open during the work by restricting the width of the lane.
“However, later in January, the road is likely be closed for a number of days when we return to carry out permanent repairs.”
The council says the depression in the road, which is an alternative route into the town centre avoiding the regularly busy area around the bus station, was caused by the impact of the storm surge which struck the area two weeks ago.
While the waves caused widespread damage to businesses along the waterfront, they also washed some material away under the road surface.
The council said that temporary repairs had to be carried out this week, because of concerns that the depression could compromise the effectiveness of the nearby flood gate.
The spokesman added: “Until the permanent repairs are carried out early next year a section of the square will remain barriered off, but this will not affect road access.”