Published Tuesday, 22 July 2014
The initial discovery was made on Monday by an on-site contractor carrying out sewer replacement work for NI Water at the Park Road junction, where a one-lane system had been operating under temporary traffic signals.
Diversions were put in place while emergency work was carried out to fix the road, but more work is now needed.
"CCTV footage taken of the area has identified similar voids which will require the same type of repair work," a spokesperson for NI Water has said.
"Following consultation with Transport NI (DRD), it was agreed for safety reasons that a section of the Ravenhill Road will be closed until this essential work is completed.
"The length of the affected road is approximately 65 metres and this will be reduced on an ongoing basis as the work progresses."
They continued: "As always in these instances the safety of the travelling public is our number one priority and we will continue to work closely with our colleagues in Roads Service to ensure that inconvenience is kept to an absolute minimum.
"We do, however, appreciate that this will still cause difficulties for motorists using this busy route and will therefore be working to complete this work as quickly as possible. This has to be balanced with the needs of local residents.
"NI Water is grateful to customers and commuters in the area for their patience and understanding while this urgent repair work is carried out."
A Roads Service spokeswoman added: "The Ravenhill Road is closed between Rosetta Roundabout and the Ormeau Embankment.
"The rest of the road remains open to traffic."
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