ROADWORKS in George Street look set to continue for longer than expected, causing extended misery for motorists.
The closure of the city centre street had been expected to end this week.
Construction firm ISG Ltd needs the street closed while it carries out work on a building.
But spokesman Nick Hann said they had been informed by Thames Water that the street needs to be shut for longer because new infrastructure has to be built underneath it. He said the last part of the installation needs to be redesigned because of the discovery of unsuitable ground conditions.
He said: “Thames Water will continue to carry out this work as quickly as possible and we anticipate that the road will reopen later this month. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.”
The closure, which began on May 12, is causing major disruption through the city centre with temporary traffic lights at the junction of Hythe Bridge Street and Worcester Street.
Bus services have been re-routed via Beaumont Street, where parking has been suspended to allow for the temporary stops.
Once it reopens there will be one-way traffic only on George Street for around six weeks.
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