Workmen find huge hole in Blackburn road
ROUTINE repairs on a Blackburn street turned into two weeks of roads chaos when workmen discovered giant underground hole, initially mistaken for disused mineshaft.
The carriageway was due to be closed for just one day for resurfacing work.
But when the top of Hollin Bridge Street, Mill Hill, was removed, huge voids were discovered because of the collapse of a large Victorian underground sewer.
The road will now be closed for two weeks with council staff racing against time to reopen it before the August Bank Holiday weekend and Blackburn Rovers’ home fixture against Barnsley a week tomorrow.
Darren Heggie, landlord of the Havelock Inn and the Tasty Bite chippy and takeaway on Hollin Bridge Street said: “It turned into a nightmare.
“They said it would be closed on Monday for just a day but they discovered a huge hole under the surface that some of the workmen thought was a disused mineshaft.
“Apparently it’s a sewer, but it’s causing chaos to motorists and businesses round here. I have had to close the Tasty Bite in the evenings.
“I just hope it gets done before Rovers’ next home game as it is one of the main routes from the motorways to Ewood Park.
“If it’s still shut, it will be absolute mayhem round here. I’ve got an event at the pub over the Bank Holiday weekend as well.”
Blackburn with Darwen Council highways boss Maureen Bateson said: “This is an unexpected problem. We want to get it open as soon as possible, certainly before Rovers next home game and the Bank Holiday weekend, but the carriageway has to be safe.”
She apologised to motorists and local residents, adding: “If you are travelling in this area please follow the diversion or find an alternative route.”
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