Repairs to a collapsed section of the A41 in Cheshire are now being planned two months after the road was closed after a 2m deep hole appeared in the carriageway.
According to Cheshire West and Chester Council, the collapse was caused by leaks in the nearby Shropshire Union Canal which have now been fixed.
The collapse centred around a brick sewer owned by Welsh Water but dye tests revealed that water flowing into the sewer was originating from the canal.
The council has said that the Canal and Rivers Trust (CRT) has completed repairs to the canal bank and is now undertaking repairs to seal the base of the canal.
In a statement, the council said: “The reduced flow [from the bank repair] has enabled Welsh Water to make a further inspection of the sewer and chamber to check its condition and see if any repair or replacement work would be required before the repairs to the road could take place. Fortunately, it appears that there is limited damage to the brick chamber and the sewer pipes, meaning only minor repairs will be needed. Once these are completed, repairs to the road itself can begin.”
Cheshire West and Chester Council cabinet member for environment Karen Shore said: “In addition to the work CRT has undertaken on the canal tow path, geotechnical engineers carried out site investigations to determine if the void in the road extends any further than the hole visible in the surface.
“Initial results from these surveys and tests have revealed that the hole looks to be confined to what can be seen at the surface.
“Our highways team is currently putting together a programme of works to repair the void in the carriage and reinstate this section of road as soon as possible.”