A HUGE hole found under one of Huddersfield’s main commuter roads is proving to be a real quandary.
Engineers working for Kirklees Council yesterday started repairing damage caused by the erosion of earth underneath Manchester Road near Slaithwaite.
But the council said it was a bigger job than expected.
A spokeswoman said an underground culvert on land next to Manchester Road had partially collapsed, causing a blockage in the water course.
She said: “Initial investigations revealed a restriction on the existing water course in the adjoining land, leading to a bigger task than initially expected due to the amount of work involved.
“The water is having to flow around bits of broken culvert or through bits of soil so the water has backed up and caused the erosion damage.
“We are currently working with the local farmer to restore the condition of the water course that runs under his land.”
The cavern was uncovered after investigations were launched last week into a dip in the nearby pavement.
Workmen dug small holes at the side of the road and used torches to assess the extent of the hole.
Plans dating back to the 1950s were checked to find out what work had taken place underground.
Diggers were yesterday excavating the land adjacent to Manchester Road as well as the road surface itself.
The council spokeswoman said work would then take place to control the flow of water.
She said: “The underground stream will be enclosed in a new pipe so the water will flow where it is supposed to flow much more efficiently.
“We estimate that this work will take about 10 days to complete – weather permitting.”
More roadworks on Manchester Road have been delayed.
Work which will shut a stretch of the busy road at Longroyd Bridge should have started yesterday.
But council engineers have put off the work until next Monday because of problems caused by bad weather.
The work will see a controversial £950,000 bus lane constructed.
The outward-bound carriageway of Manchester Road in Longroyd Bridge will be shut until mid-March.
Traffic leaving town heading towards the Colne Valley area will have to go down Chapel Hill and along St Thomas’ Road instead.
The traffic lights at the junction of St Thomas’ Road and Manchester Road will cause long hold-ups for traffic and delay journeys – especially at teatimes.