FRUSTRATED motorists driving in and out of Cirencester from the Tetbury and Stroud directions have faced long delays and huge queues at peak times for the past three weeks.
The end, however, is in sight.
The delays have been caused by work carried out by Thames Water at the A429 Tetbury Road roundabout by the leisure centre where they have been reconfiguring the sewer
One lane of the A429, the only route from the north to and from Deer Park School and Cirencester College, has been closed since October 18 and the roundabout by leisure centre has been entirely blocked off just before the exit for Cirencester Hospital.
The lane closure has led to queues of traffic from the roundabout well up both the Tetbury and Stroud roads and the blocked roundabout has meant traffic coming from town has had to drive all the way to the roundabout by the fire station and make a u-turn to get back to Tetbury road.
Thames Water this week apologised for the inconvenience.
“We’re sorry for the disruption our work has caused," a spokesman said.
"We’ve been reconfiguring our sewer network so in future we can access it to carry out maintenance work and clear blockages without having to partially or fully close the road as we’ve had to in the past.
“The work we’ve done will reduce the risk of us disrupting motorists in this location again in future.”
The work was due to finish on Friday, November 3.