TRAFFIC in Northwich has been disrupted by a sewer burst which ‘lifted’ the road – one of the town’s main arteries.
A downpour caused a main sewer to rupture and the pressure of the water undermined the foundations of Chester Road, causing the carriageway to buckle.
United Utilities has been working on the problem since it first surfaced at 11.15pm on Saturday evening.
Police initially closed the road from the Iron Bridge to the traffic lights at the junction to Hayhurst Bridge (Chesterway).
The road is damaged on both sides of the carriageway just up the hill from the Chesterway lights.
Workmen from Nuttalls Contractors have been tasked with fixing the sewerage main and reinstating the road.
A Cheshire West spokesman said the repairs were still under way yesterday and they expected them to continue for a ‘few more days yet’.
Cllr Kate Birtwistle is keeping a close eye on the situation.
She said: “I’ve been out to the site every day since the problem. My prime concern was for traffic flow for businesses and schools on Monday morning.
“Apart from a few delays early on, the system seems to be working well enough. This is because the cracks were mostly confined to the joints in the road where the traffic light loops are located.
“As a result of the damage to the loops, the timing of the traffic lights was affected, which is why temporary lights have been installed for the time being.
“The highways department is working closely with utilities companies to resolve the problem and is keeping me updated on the situation.”