One of Chester's busiest thoroughfares finally has a date for re-opening - two months after it was closed for the public's safety.
The B5130 Sandy Lane in Great Boughton was closed on March 31 by Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) due to an unsafe excavation by a developer next to the road, and emergency repairs were carried out to assess the damage.
The closure also allowed necessary works to a large sewer as well as repairs to the footway, and since then traffic has been diverted using Gorse Way, Caldy Valley Road and the A5115 Christleton Road - causing huge headaches for motorists.
But now the council have confirmed Sandy Lane will finally re-open on Friday, June 10.
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Councillor Brian Clarke, CWaC's Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure: “Regular meetings have taken place with the developer and their contractor and we emphasised the need to re-open Sandy Lane as soon as possible as it is causing unnecessary inconvenience to the public."
"In order to help Dee Banks and Stocks Lane we are adding additional traffic management on the Sandy Lane approach. This will consist of barriers on part of the road and chicanes to make it more difficult for vehicles to negotiate," he added.
"Once in place, the volume of traffic will again be monitored.”
Cllr Clarke admitted that drivers using alternative routes on local roads such as Stocks Lane and Dee Banks, are causing concerns to residents in the area because of the additional volume of traffic.
In an attempt to deter from using these local roads, the council have put signs up at each end of the roads stipulating resident access only, but regular traffic counts have shown it has had little effect on reducing traffic on these roads.
"Traffic monitoring will continue in this area to ensure the impact this closure has on the local area and community is minimised," explained Cllr Clarke.
"If necessary, further measures will be considered if the latest proposals do not have the desired effect."