Drivers in Spalding are being warned to expect more delays and diversions while work goes on to fix water pipes and sewers in the town.
Several holes appeared in both Winsover Road and Hawthorn Bank yesterday (Wednesday), with engineers from Anglian Water working late last night in an attempt to fix the problem.
Work in Winsover Road is expected to be completed by the weekend, but a second hole discovered in Hawthorn Bank has led to a temporary closure which will go on into next week.
An Anglian Water spokesman said: “Our teams are currently on site at Winsover Road repairing a collapsed sewer near the level crossing.
“Unfortunately, we have had to close the road at the crossing to do this and we are sorry for any inconvenience this causes.
“Our teams will be working extended hours to complete the repairs to the sewer and get things back to normal as quickly as possible, but we expect this to take until Saturday.
“We have taken the opportunity to fast track some other work on both water pipes and sewers in the immediate area while the road is closed.
“One of these projects will continue into next week and will mean a temporary closure to Hawthorn Bank.
“We would like to thank road users for their patience while this repair work is completed.”
Meanwhile, a spokesman for Lincolnshire County Council highways department said: “Anglian Water are currently investigating two holes in the carriageway on the A151 in Spalding.
“One is on Winsover Road between the level crossing and the junction with St Thomas’s Road.
“The damaged section is barriered off and traffic can still pass through the area while Anglian Water will be investigating and engineers hope to repair the road by the end of the weekend.
“The second issue is a collapsed sewer manhole at the junction with Hawthorn Bank which Anglian Water is currently investigating, with traffic being managed with temporary lights.”
WEDNESDAY 11.20AM: Hole in busy Spalding road caused by ‘collapsed sewer’
Water engineers are working to repair a hole in a Spalding road which caused traffic delays this morning.
A “collapsed sewer” has been blamed for the hole in Winsover Road that, according to eye-witnesses, left some drivers having to change the tyres on their vehicles.
Workmen from Anglian Water have cordoned off the hole, near the junction of Winsover Road and St Thomas’s Road.
An Anglian Water spokesman said: “Our teams are currently on site at Winsover Road in Spalding where there has been a collapsed sewer near the level crossing.
“Our priority is to make the area safe for local traffic and pedestrians while we work with Network Rail to plan how to undertake the necessary repairs due to the proximity to the railway line.
“We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes and our teams will be working to complete the repairs and get things back to normal as quickly as possible.
“We would like to thank road users for their patience while this urgent repair work is completed.”
WEDNESDAY 10AM: Engineers at “sinkhole” in busy Spalding road
A small section of road in Spalding has been cordoned off while engineers work on a “sinkhole” which caused disruption to traffic this morning.
The hole opened up in Winsover Road, near the level crossing at the junction of St John’s Road, which led to a tweet from Spalding Today reader at about 8am this morning.
Anglian Water engineers are currently at the scene but it is unclear at this stage what caused the hole to open up.