Four weeks of road works in central Lincoln will in fact take more than seven months to complete, and impatient drivers are beginning to ignore the diversions.
A one way system is currently in place on Firth Road for Anglian Water works, meaning drivers cannot access the road from High Street. Instead, people must drive in from Tritton Road.
The lengthy closure has caused some drivers to become impatient, ignoring the diversion and driving head-on into traffic.
The closure was initially due to be in place from September 16 for around four weeks, but Anglian Water has now confirmed the traffic restrictions will remain until the end of April.
The firm explained that this is due to an intricate excavation around a large number of utilities in the ground.
It’s affecting access to businesses including Ambitions Personnel and the Lincoln Royal Mail delivery office.
An Anglian Water spokesperson said: “Due to the complexity of our work at St Marks, Lincoln, we have extended our programme of work to be completed by the end of April 2020.
“An intricate excavation around a large number of utilities in the ground meant that work is expected to take longer than initially anticipated.
“Traffic management has been required to remain in situ for the safety of local road users throughout the duration of the work. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and we would like to thank local road users for their patience.”