Emergency repair work is to be carried out to a Durham City sewer.
A section of North Road will be closed from Monday July 25 2011 for up to five days following the discovery of a sewer on the verge of collapse.
The sewer dates back more than 100 years and is part of the Edwardian system that was installed at the time of properties being built on this road.
Durham County Council has authorised a road closure, from Burger King at 3 North Road to the Tesco Express store at 17 North Road, to allow a Northumbrian Water contractor to carry out the essential repair as quickly as possible.
Although the lower end of North Road will be subject to a road closure, the section north of the road closure, including Neville Street, will remain open to vehicles at all times.
Jeff Caterer from Northumbrian Water’s technical support team, said: “This is an essential repair as the road is currently in danger of collapse. North Road is used quite heavily by buses during the day and this has put a lot of pressure on the highway over the years.
"Unfortunately the nature of the repair will cause some inconvenience as we have no choice to dig down, but we are working closely with Durham County Council to ensure the repair is completed as quickly as possible.”
Businesses on North Road will remain open for trading as usual and the road will remain open to pedestrians at all times.
Buses, including the Park & Ride service, will be unable to pick up or drop off passengers at Millburngate for the duration of the works. Buses that normally stop next to Argos on North Road will use temporary stops on the other side of the road.
An additional, temporary taxi rank will be created next to the bus stops at Millburngate, opposite The Gates shopping centre.
Properties in the area have been informed of the work and arrangements for deliveries to business premises have been made by the contractor.
For more information contact Leanne Clough on 0191 301 6733.