Ongoing waterworks in Kirton have left residents facing traffic chaos for almost a year – and the disruption is not going to let up any time soon.
Temporary traffic lights have been in place on Willington Road for several months as Anglian Water deals with a collapsed sewer, and problems are set to continue when another project gets underway.
People living in the area are also enduring visits from a tanker several times a day, as it heads down to remove sewage from the area, as the drains are unable to cope.
“It’s a nightmare,” said Penny Gardens resident Lynette Hammond.
“I think we are all fed up. That is the only way into the estate,” she added.
The continuing disruption comes after a four-month period last year when motorists were diverted miles away from the village when a manhole collapsed.
Parish councillor Alan Lee said: “It’s a total nightmare. We are very sympathetic as a parish council and we are doing all we can.
“I think it’s been done very badly.”
Following extended road closures last year, Coun Lee urged businesses to claim compensation from Anglian Water to make up for trade lost as people stayed away from the village.
He added: “Now we’ve got more. It’s disappointing.”
John Clare, from Anglian Water, said: “We are sorry for the ongoing disruption. The ground conditions and the high water table make any excavation work very difficult. Once work starts it is likely to take some time and some disruption is inevitable.”