Repairs begin on A41 hole this week
20 September 2017The section of the A41 that collapsed leaving a large hole in the road, can now be repaired - work has started this week.
Last week, a complicated leak in the canal was fixed by the Canal & River Trust. The Trust used a specialist polyurethane grout to stop the flow of water and fill voids. The ground has dried out and the Council’s Highways team has now been able to start to repair the hole itself.
The works will be complex as there are lots of services under the surface, as well as water and gas mains, power and telecommunication cables are at the site. These will need to be supported while the work takes place.
The pedestrian crossing traffic signals will also be temporarily removed to give a clear working space and will be replaced as soon as the work is complete. However, it is hoped that no road closures will be needed.
Equipment to support the hole is now on site and once the hole is propped, work can begin to fill the void.
The Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Karen Shore said: “Now the flow of water has stopped we are able to start filling in the hole itself.
“It is necessary to temporarily remove the pedestrian crossing at the site for safety reasons because to carry out the repairs a lot of equipment and materials will be lifted in and out of the hole.
“All the organisations involved continue to work hard together to get things back to normal as soon as possible. Certain layers of material will need to be left to ‘set’ before any further work can be done, so don’t be alarmed if at times it looks like work has stopped.
“Once the initial preparatory work is complete early next week, we will be able to provide more information about how long the repairs will take.”
Information on the repairs to the road will be available on www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/a41works.