MONTHS more of motoring misery is expected for a Wigan estate, commuters and sport fans before major sewer works is completed.
The traffic island in Greenwood Avenue – off Montrose Avenue – has been the subject to deep excavations since last year with access-only to Sinclair Place while the route is shut off to Gordon Close.
As a result, there has been no vehicular access to several driveways and there have been plenty of snarl-ups in the neighbourhood.
It has proved a particular problem on DW Stadium match days, particularly at full-time when supporters are diverted along side streets.
United Utilities, which is carrying out the works, says it is doing its best to keep disruption to a minimum.
By way of community compensation, UU is giving a grant and working in partnership with Groundwork to install play equipment for the nursery at Westfield Community School and the Skills Hub on Montrose Avenue.
It will also part-fund an urban animal farm and community allotment at the Skills Hub.
The company says this is its way of saying “thank-you” to the local community for their patience and understanding.
UU’s John Martin said: “Our sewer improvement work in the Greenwood Avenue area is progressing well. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continued patience and cooperation whilst we carry out this work.
“Our aim is to have the work finished by summer 2014, and during our remaining time on site we will continue to do all we can to keep disruption to an absolute minimum.”