Tailbacks on first day of roadworks at Five Oaks
MOTORISTS are being reminded about road closures at the Five Oaks roundabout following long tailbacks on the first day of the planned works.
Drivers are now prevented from entering Five Oaks roundabout from Grande Route de St Martin or exiting onto Prince’s Tower Road until next month because of roadworks.
Motorists driving southbound on Grande Route de St Martin, towards St Helier, will be able to travel as far as Morrisons petrol station but a diversion is in place via La Hougue Bie.
And anyone wishing to drive into Prince’s Tower Road from St Saviour’s Hill and Bagatelle Road will be diverted onto Grande Route de St Martin and onto Rue du Trot at Maufant.
Some motorists have taken to cutting through Morrisons car park to avoid the detour, which, according to staff has caused gridlock at certain times of the day.
However, the traffic lights on Prince’s Tower Road, which are currently positioned opposite the drivers’ exit of Morrisons, are to be moved further down the road to ease congestion, according to a Morrisons spokeswoman.
The roadworks are taking place because an 85-year-old 3.5-metre-deep sewer chamber underneath the road is at risk of collapse and ‘extremely urgent’ repairs now need to be carried out.
The sewer takes foul sewage from around 1,700 properties in the north-east of Jersey and, if the structure does fail, it could cause serious problems for the environment and sewer system.