***Update: 11:25 a.m., Thursday, May 7***
A manhole collapse Wednesday has caused the National Roads Authority to close off vehicular access to Godfrey Nixon Way from the Butterfield Roundabout until about 10 p.m. tonight.
National Roads Authority senior engineer Edison Jackson said heavy rains and traffic caused the manhole to collapse and “absolutely destroyed” the unfinished side of the road from Eastern Avenue to the roundabout.
Mr. Jackson said earlier that traffic on Godfrey Nixon Way from Eastern Avenue would be shut off after rush hour this evening.
Recent rains have pushed back the schedule for the Godfrey Nixon Way resurfacing project. Crews will begin working overnight to catch up, but the road is still two to three weeks from completion, according to the National Roads Authority.
National Roads Authority senior engineer Edison Jackson said the road would be one way only, from about 6:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. or 3 a.m., giving access to traffic coming from the Butterfield Roundabout. During those times, it will be closed to traffic coming from Eastern Avenue.
Traffic from Eastern Avenue will have to take a detour to get to North Sound Road or the Esterley Tibbetts Highway. Both lanes of the street will be open for morning and evening rush hours and through the day.
“We had big plans to make big moves this week but the weather has not cooperated,” Mr. Jackson said.
He added that the National Roads Authority workers had planned to pour concrete for new gutters Wednesday, but rain showers again delayed the work. He urged drivers to avoid the area as much as possible, especially when the unpaved section of the road is wet.
“We’re waiting for a break in the weather,” he said, adding that he hopes road crews working in two shifts will be able to get caught up soon.
Traffic is especially hard on the unpaved road after big rains such as the ones this week, dotting the lane with potholes as cars splash through the mud.