VITAL repairs to a sewage collapse on a busy Wigan road may not be completed by the end of the week, it is feared.
Wigan Lower Road in Standish Lower Ground has been shut off at the junction with Woodrush Road all this week as United Utilities carry out the work after the damage also affected a water main.
After initially creating a hole in the road, which could at first be managed by temporary traffic signals, more tarmac collapsed and the road had to be totally closed.
A spokesperson for United Utilities said yesterday that the company would provide a further update on Friday and acknowledged there was a serious possibility that work could continue into the weekend.
Engineers have been working flat out this week to ensure that the problem is rectified as quickly as possible but it soon became clear that the problem was much worse than first feared.
With diversions to Kitt Green and Standish, congestion has been even heavier than usual there during peak times.
And with the threat of the road closure possibly spreading into the weekend, there are huge fears that it could have serious ramifications to Latics matchday traffic on Saturday.
A bumper crowd is expected at the DW Stadium for the game between Wigan Athletic and West Ham United, with the Hammers expected to bring more than 4,000 fans from East London.
Wigan Lower Road is usually bumper to bumper on Latics matchdays and with that traffic possibly having to be diverted through other parts of town, supporters are being warned to set off well in advance of the 3pm kick off.
If the works do run into the weekend, planned carriage resurfacing on nearby Scot Lane will be put back for a week,
The plan was to close the roads on both sides of Woodhouse Lane on three Sundays – initially it was for four but the Council has since changed this.
Starting on October 28, the roads will also be shut on November 4 and 18.
However, if Wigan Lower Road is still closed, the resurfacing on Scot Lane from the canal bridge and into the junction of Beech Hill Avenue, will be delayed.
Diversions are to be put in place for road users travelling through Standish while Scot Lane and Beech Hill Avenue will be controlled by traffic signals.