Welford Road inbound to remain closed due to damage from burst water main
Published on Thursday, February 22, 2018
The busy route is closed to city-bound traffic at its junction with Putney Road and Victoria Park Road following works by Severn Trent Water to repair a pipe which burst on Tuesday, February 20.
Although the repairs to the water main are complete the water itself has damaged underground cabling and equipment needed to operate the traffic lights at that junction.
Contractors on behalf of Leicester City Council are onsite repairing the damage to the cabling and ducts, while Severn Trent Water will repair the water damage.
The junction is expected to remain closed until early next week.
The water damage has affected four areas of the carriageway, requiring excavation and removal of the road surface, as well as affecting underground ducts and cables.
Leicester City Council’s Area Traffic Control team leader Jayesh Parmar said: “This was quite an extensive water leak and although Severn Trent Water have now repaired the water main, the damage caused to the road means further repairs need to be carried out.
“There are four areas where the water has damaged beneath the road surface making it soft, so we will need to excavate and infill those properly, before resurfacing.
“The water has also damaged electrical cabling beneath the road, which we need to sort out before the road can reopen.
“We are working to get the repairs done as quickly as possible, but clearly it will cause disruption on such a busy route into the city. I would urge people to allow extra time and plan an alternative route in the meantime.”
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