Main road closed
A COLLAPSED manhole has prompted the closure of one of Hinckley’s main routes through the town.
Lower Bond Street could be shut for up to 11 days because of the works by Severn Trent to repair the chamber.
The stretch outside the Atkins Building between the traffic lights is cordoned off and, depending on how work progresses, might not reopen until November 24.
Diversion signs and barriers appeared on Monday afternoon with some baffled motorists doing U-turns on Mansion Street.
A note on the roadworks.org website describes the works as: “Dig needed in carriageway due to collapsed MH that needs reconstructing.”
A spokesman for Severn Trent Water said: “We’d like to apologise to anyone affected by the road closure on Lower Bond Street.
“We know it is going to be an inconvenience for some people, but it’s very important that we fix this collapsed manhole now as it was becoming dangerous.
“Our teams have closed the road to allow us to do the job in a way that keeps both local people and our teams safe. We will work on this now continuously until it’s repaired and the road put back to normal.
“It’s a really big job as the sewer pipe is nearly four metres deep, and so we expect the work to be finished and the road reopened by the end of next week at the latest.”
On Tuesday part of the road re-opened allow- ing through access from Upper Bond Street.
However those travelling from Mansion Street can only access frontages and can not get through the Upper Bond Street/Hollycroft junction.
There are also more roadworks on Southfield Road which was closed for around a month earlier in the year while engineering firm Laing O’Rouke installed new water pipes on behalf of Severn Trent.
This time the closure is due to Harlaxton Energy Networks Limited requiring excavation required in the footway and the carriageway for connection of services to existing mains. There are multi-way signals in place.
This closure is also expected to last until November 24.
Lower Bond Street has been closed for 10 days starting on November 13 while Severn Trent repair a manhole. The road at the junction of Lower Bond Street, Upper Bond Steet, and Hollycroft has warped due to a void beneath the road. Lower Bond street is open for access to frontages only