Highways have planned half-term chaos for the main road through Coalville (A511)
Severn Trent are closing Bardon Road outside number 187 for a week to fix a collapsed sewer. This will pour lorries onto roads that were never designed to take the pressure.
In an attempt to protect Grange Road, Highways have offered a temporary ban on lorries over 7.5 tonnes, sending these up Broom Leys Road and Greenhill Road instead.
"This is a huge diversion, taking traffic through Ellistown, Ibstock and Ravenstone. I cannot believe that drivers will stick to the route," says County Councillor Dr Terri Eynon.
"This closure demonstrates the failure of the Tories to tackle transport infrastructure around Coalville. The A511 by-pass around Coalville was never completed, leaving a pinch-point along Bardon road past domestic properties.
"Vibration from heavy traffic causes sewers to collapse. This is the kind of practical science the Leicestershire Tories don't seem to understand.
"We can expect to see more of this as pressure on our roads increases"