Traffic woes in Worksop took another turn for the worse this week after a collapsed sewer led to the closure of a major route into the town.
Severn Trent Water discovered a partial collapse of the main sewer pipe in Kilton Road, which means the street will be closed for three weeks.
A spokesman for the water company said: “It’s important we fix this now, not only to keep the sewers flowing, but also to prevent any substantial damage to the road.
“Unfortunately, to do this work safely, we are having to close Kilton Road, from 149 Kilton Road for about 20 metres towards High Hoe Road.
“The road will be closed from Tuesday, October 11, for about three weeks.
“Clear diversions will be in place during this time.
“Obviously, we know this is going to cause some inconvenience and we want to say sorry for that and ask for the patience of the local community while we carry out this emergency work.”
Residents are bracing themselves for three weeks of parking problems, disruption and roadwork noise while repairs are carried out.
Michael Roberts, whose house overlooks the work site, said: “They came about a year ago and put a camera down – it’s taken them this long to sort it out.
“These houses are quite old and if it has got to be done it has to be done.
“I’m working three shifts and I don’t know how much sleep I’m going to get when I’m on nights.
“Worksop is a mess at the moment.
“ This is only for three weeks – the new roundabout at Kilton Hill and High Hill Road has been there about a year and it is a nightmare.
“It is terrible getting out of here at the junction.”