Motorists are facing months of traffic chaos from roadworks taking place on one of Chester’s main entry roads.

Scores of drivers were stuck in queues for up to three hours on the A483 and Wrexham Road over the weekend, due to pre-roadworks temporarily closing part of Chester’s Posthouse Roundabout.

The closure of the A55 junction 38 bridge deck from Friday evening until 5am this morning left hundreds at a virtual standstill as they attempted to enter and exit Chester.

Motorist Mal Ramsey said he had to give up trying to get towards the city over the weekend, having been stuck in a “fiasco” on Saturday for three hours.

He said: “I overheard a young lady who was very upset that she missed her brother’s wedding due to the long delays.

“I pulled out of the traffic at the Grosvenor Garden Centre and was having a coffee to sit it out. The lady in the queue in front of me was very upset.

“She clearly needed to get through Chester. I gave up after three hours and returned home. I’d lost the will.”

Although the stretch of road was re-opened at 5am this morning (Monday), drivers will not get much respite before more permanent works begin next month, as the Highways Agency attempts to address congestion problems at the A55’s junction with the A483.

The £5.3m works, are set to last from September this year, up until March 2015, as the scheme aims to provide additional lane capacity and ensure that the existing carriageway is better utilised, which the Highways Agency say will improve traffic flows and reduce delays.

But before the majority of works have even started, angry motorists took to social media to vent their fury at the pre-works causing delays this weekend.

One wrote: ‘Madness trying to get in and out of Chester today, tailbacks past Rossett. Part of Posthouse roundabout closed #ShopInWrecsam’, while another said: ‘If anyone is thinking of using the A483 Wrexham/Chester Posthouse Roundabout today, my advice is to find another route. #NightmareYesterday’

And adding to the delays yesterday was a car that caught fire, which was captured by freelance photographer Michael Thomas Jenkins who witnessed the flames as he sat in traffic.

A car on fire near the Posthouse Roundabout in Chester on Sunday afternoon (10/08/14) taken by freelance photographer Michael Thomas Jenkins
 

A more detailed breakdown of what the works will involve is available on the Highways Agency website, and outlines the developments, which include the installation of a new pedestrian/cyclist footbridge west of the Posthouse roundabout, new traffic signals and the conversion of Pulford roundabout into a signalised junction.