Roadworks which have caused disruption in Swaledale are due to be completed tomorrow, officials say.
Residents have expressed their anger that a road closure has been put in place because of the work by Yorkshire Water in Healaugh.
It is understood that at one point this week workers arrived to fill in the hole before the work was completed — and were only stopped from doing so by a resident who got in the hole.
The woman said she told them she was not leaving until they had checked with their office, which they did before leaving without filling in the hole.
Residents and visitors wanting to get to upper Swaledale have faced a lengthy diversion up Arkengarthdale and over tops to Keld from Tan Hill.
However, it has been claimed the roadworks were only minor and a full road closure was not needed.
Reeth district councillor Richard Good said the closure had “caused a lot of confusion”.
He added: “From what I understand people can still get past as the road isn’t blocked.”
County councillor Yvonne Peacock said she had taken up the issue with highways staff at the county council.
A spokesperson for Yorkshire Water said the road signage and closure was implemented by North Yorkshire County Council’s highways department.
They added that the work was due to be completed on Wednesday this week.
They said they had received any reports of work being disrupted by local residents.
Richmondshire Today has contacted the county council but we have not yet had a response.