Following Wednesday's emergency closure of A530 Middlewich Road, caused by a United Utilities water main burst, investigatory work has confirmed that there has been substantial structural damage to the main highway.
Both edges of the carriageway have collapsed and there is a risk of further collapse.
The council is faced with no alternative but to close the road completely in the interests of public safety.
The extent of repairs required could take between six and eight weeks to complete. Investigatory work is ongoing and so this timescale may change.
Middlewich Road will be closed between Alvaston roundabout and Marshfield Bank roundabout, and an advisory diversion route for all vehicles will be signed via the Nantwich bypass, the A500, David Whitby Way, Weston Road, Macon Way, Earle Street, Vernon Way, Dunwoody Way, West Street and Copenhall Lane.
The diversions will operate in both directions.
Access will be maintained for businesses and motorists are advised to plan their journey accordingly.
For further information visit: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/highways
Cheshire East Highways will also provide updates through its twitter account @cechighways
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