A MAJOR route through Cleckheaton could be closed until the end of the month following a massive pipe burst.
Businesses face disruption and drivers face a long official detour around the closed section of Bradford Road as work to repair a damaged sewer continues.
The road, near Moorend, was awash with thousands of gallons of water last Thursday after a pipe ruptured – and it could now remain closed until August 28.
Junction M62 at Chain Bar roundabout, usually accessible down Bradford Road, must now be reached via Gomersal and Birkenshaw in a well-signposted diversion.
Other more local routes along residential streets are being used by some motorists.
Tom Underwood, of Yorkshire Water, said: "Due to the extent of the damage caused to a 15-metre stretch of sewer on Bradford Road we anticipate that the road will remain closed until Monday August 28, but we will do our best to re-open it before then.
"This gives us time to carry out an extensive four-metre deep excavation, sewer repair and road re-surface, led by our specialist civil engineering partners.
"The diversion route we have agreed with Highways will remain in place throughout this time period to safely manage traffic flow.
"We realise the traffic inconvenience this is causing and would like to thank local residents and motorists for their patience whilst we carry out this major repair and will continue to keep everyone updated on progress."
The official diversion route is:
At the main traffic lights in Cleckheaton town centre turn off Bradford Road onto Spen Lane, up towards Gomersal.
Then turn left onto the A651 Bradford Road towards Birkenshaw.
Then turn left again onto A58 Whitehall Road West, and the diversion ends at Chain Bar roundabout.