Drivers face lengthy diversion during East Road closure
Drivers face a four-mile diversion while works to repair a damaged sewer take place on East Road in Cambridge.
The road has been closed since Tuesday (April 6) to allow Anglian Water to carry out the emergency works and is expected to remain shut until April 20.
The carriageway and cycle lanes are closed from Norfolk Street to Broad Street, with a 4.3-mile (7.1km) diversion route in place.
The diversion for this closure would usually include Mill Road, but that has also been closed since June 2020 for Covid reasons.
Businesses in East Road remain open throughout the works.
A full diversion route will be in place seeing traffic approaching from the south of East Road diverted along Hills Road, Cherry Hinton Road, Brooks Road, Coldhams Lane and Newmarket Road in order to reach the northern section of East Road. The reverse route applies.
An Anglian Water spokesperson said a full closure was necessary to ensure the safety of workers who would be repairing a sewer several metres below the carriageway.
“A small road closure will be in place on East Road, at the junction with Norfolk Street, to ensure the safety of our staff. Footpaths and businesses along East Road will remain open, however cycle paths will be closed.
“We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”