Drivers warned that section of A6 will remain closed until end of August
Motorists have been warned that a section of the A6 near Market Harborough will not fully re-open until the end of August.
Drivers will continue to face a 22-mile diversion, which has been in place since mid-January, because of the closure of the seven-mile section of the A6 due to a weak bridge.
The section of the A6 from the roundabout with the A427 to the A14 will remain closed.
However, the southbound lane of the A6 from Braybrooke Road to the A14 re-opened on Thursday, on a trial basis, to help local residents.
The A6 has been fully closed between the A427 roundabout and the A14 since January 18 after damage to the carriageway leading to a railway bridge was discovered.
Motorists approaching Market Harborough on the A6 from the direction wanting to travel on to the A14 will still be diverted to Corby, then Kettering, then on to the A14.
Northamptonshire Highways closed the A6 in January when an inspection revealed the bridge problems.
Council chiefs have now revealed that the damage is worse than expected.
Northants County Council, which has spent £500,000 so far on repairs, extended the closure and then delayed the opening date to the end of April.
This closure has now been extended until the end of the summer school holidays.
Councillor Ian Morris, cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “Extensive survey work has been carried out and carrying out repairs on the road where it joins the railway bridge is much more complicated than initially thought.
“We have no option but to keep the closure in place for longer than we initially anticipated so that the work can be done properly.”
This will be on a trial basis and will be monitored by the council.
Cllr Morris said: “We are aware of the effect that the closure has had on the local community and that is why we have decided to trial the opening up of a section of the A6 in an attempt to alleviate some of the traffic pressure. “We would like to thank people and businesses in the local communities for their patience while this situation continues.” He said none of the work near the railway line will affect passenger trains.
Northants County Council operations manager Leon Jolly said they are doing everything they can to open the road fully before their target of the end of August.
He said: “We are looking at every possible option to open it earlier. Every solution has been looked at.”