Portland Street closed for weeks due to collapsed sewer

  • The collapsed sewer. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • The lorry sank into the tarmac on Portland Street. Photo: Shane Miller
  • Part of the road collapses resulting in the front left wheel of the lorry to become stuck. Photo: Patrick Hodson
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • The collapsed sewer. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • The lorry sank into the tarmac on Portland Street. Photo: Shane Miller
  • Part of the road collapses resulting in the front left wheel of the lorry to become stuck. Photo: Patrick Hodson
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Portland Street in Lincoln will be closed for several weeks after a lorry became stuck in a spot of sunken road – revealing what’s suspected to be a collapsed sewer.

— Update on April 7: Anglian Water said work over the weekend proved successful, and means the street can reopen to normal by April 8.

The area was closed off on Thursday, April 3 when a lorry became stuck in a spot of collapsed road surface.

One of the lorry’s front wheels fell through the tarmac at around 11am near the junction with High Street, causing a blockage in the road.

Recovery teams managed to release the lorry from the hole.

Diversions are in place and the road will remain closed while Anglian Water carry out an investigation and necessary repairs.

An Anglian Water spokesperson said:  “We have been investigating what we thought was a collapsed sewer and over the last fortnight have been carrying out CCTV surveys which proved inconclusive.

“However we have been working with the Highways Agency to find a time to continue our investigations that would cause the least disruption.

“The sewer running under Portland Street is around five metres deep underground and unfortunately it will take some time to dig down to locate the sewer and start repairs. Therefore the road will need to remain closed for a number of weeks while we carry out the work.

“We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience this will cause to people on their way to and from the city centre, but we will be doing all we can to return the situation to normal as quickly as possible.”