Rain causes havoc on main route roadworks
HEAVY rain brought chaos to one of the main routes into Plymouth.
Traffic on Mannamead Road was backed up all the way to Manadon roundabout at times as workmen repaired a temporary surface damaged by Wednesday's downpour.
As reported in The Herald earlier this week malfunctioning traffic lights have been removed from the junction, but work to replace them has been delayed until the new year by this month's extreme weather.
A local resident, who did not want to be named, said at lunchtime yesterday that Mannamead Road was gridlocked from Manadon roundabout past Hender's Corner.
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"They've cut off one of the main routes into the city just when people want to do their Christmas shopping.
"It's absolute bedlam at Hender's Corner. People are trying to turn round in the middle of the road, hooting, getting out of their cars."
A Plymouth transport and highways spokesperson said: "Emergency works have had to be carried out on the junction of Mannamead Road and Compton Park Avenue. There is currently a temporary surface on a trench which has been dug in preparation for the new traffic light signal equipment being installed.
"The heavy rainfall on Wednesday night and Thursday morning disrupted the temporary road surface. This presented a potential hazard for traffic and required immediate action to be replaced.
"To avoid disruption to motorists where possible in this unforeseeable circumstance work started at 9.30am and was due to finish at 3.30pm."
The lights were switched off on October 19 due to an electrical fault but were due to be repaired before Christmas.
The spokesman told The Herald earlier this week: "Over three days last week all the existing traffic signal infrastructure was removed from the junction of Mannamead Road and Compton Park Avenue, and civil engineering works were undertaken in preparation for the new signal equipment to be installed."
The replacement work was scheduled to be done before Christmas, but had been postponed to the New Year because of extreme bad weather and flooding.
There were no reports of severe flooding in Plymouth yesterday, but in Cornwall firefighters and council staff were out in force, attending a number of incidents involving flooding.
At Polbathic, near Torpoint, six firefighters and a fire officer attended a call to a garage flooded after a river burst its banks.
There were fears that contaminants may have entered the river.
Crews used a light portable pump and a major pump to remove water from the garage.