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Local authorities finally take action over 100m crack in road

Engineers yesterday began pouring tons of pitch into a 100-meter-long crack, which appeared recently on a road in Yangpu District, to prevent it from worsening.

The crack is in the middle of Anbo Road and at its widest point extends 10 centimeters across and is 5cm deep.

The construction of an underground garage on one side of the road, where two 9-meter-deep holes have been dug, is said to have caused the crack, an official with the local construction safety watchdog told Shanghai Daily.

The road is built on a former creek and its soft foundations do not go very deep, which are therefore unable to cope with the stress of large holes being dug beside it, said a senior engineer, surnamed Chen, with the construction management bureau of the district.

The construction site is on one side of the two-way single lane road. A five-story residential building stands on the other side. Many shops occupy the ground floor of the building.

A resident surnamed Guo said the split appeared on the road half a year ago and kept worsening so that local residents had long been worried about their safety.

Chen said the crack would be filled within two days and would stop the fault from worsening, and that buildings along the road were safe. Chen declined to comment on why the bureau had delayed so long before taking action.


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