Sinkhole and gas leak add to city traffic disruption; - and collapse sparks hold-ups on coastal road.
Byline: CHARLOTTE HADFIELD ECHO Correspondent news@liverpoolcom @LIVECHONEWS
DRIVERS have been advised to avoid a major Liverpool road after a sinkhole opened up and caused a gas leak in the area.
The hole was spotted by workers resurfacing Great Howard Street on Thursday afternoon, close to the Chinese restaurant Taipan.
A gas leak has also been reported in the area after a smell began circulating the air and staff from Cadent Gas have been taking readings from the sinkhole to determine the cause of the leak.
The cause of the sink hole itself remains unknown.
Drivers were advised to take alternative routes to avoid the area, while roadworks in the area continue to impact traffic at key times.
Liverpool Council confirmed they have been unable to investigate the sinkhole until gas readings are taken at the site.
a A council spokesperson said: "As there are gas readings coming from the small sinkhole, the council has not been able to undertake any investigation works as yet.
"In order to establish where the leak is coming from, Cadent Gas will have to expose the nearby mains beneath the road, and until they have done this we are unable to give a time frame of when we can complete any necessary works.
"We apologise for any inconvenience but we hope that people can appreciate that the public's safety is being put first."
They added: "We would advise roadusers to consider taking alternative routes, especially in light of the continuing wider North Liverpool Key Corridor works, and the emergency Scottish Power works on Bath Street that have resulted in the northbound closure of Bath Street at King Edward Street."
United Utilities have said they hope to repair the sewer and resurface the road before Monday.
A spokesperson for United Utilities said: "Engineers carrying out extensive survey work on the sewer have detected an issue.
"A team will complete the necessary repair work on the sewer over the weekend, with the aim of having the road resurfaced and fully reopened before Monday."
"A temporary diversion route will remain in place during this work and we are sorry for any disruption this may cause."
Bus routes were also affected by the road closure and will likely continue to be diverted this weekend.
Merseytravel tweeted: "All Arriva 44, 47 and Stagecoach X2 services will be subject to severe delays and will be diverted via the Coastal Road."
As there are gas readings coming from the small sinkhole, the council has not been able to undertake any investigation works as yet. Liverpool Council spokesman
The sinkhole on Great Howard Street, north of Liverpool city centre