ONE of Torquay's busiest junctions will be closed for several days as council engineers investigate a road collapse.
Work will begin on Tuesday September 3 at the point where Avenue Road, Kings Drive, Falkland Road, Walnut Road, Chestnut Avenue and the Torre Abbey entrance/exit converge.
There is currently a barrier protecting the centre of the junction.
On Tuesday, work will start on excavating the road where the collapse has occurred in order to identify the cause and arrange for repairs and road reinstatement works.
Road closures and diversions will be implemented from about 9.30am, following the morning rush hour.
Kings Drive will be closed. Rathmore Road and Falkland Road from the seafront to Abbey Gates will be closed with traffic diverted to Belgrave Road. The section of Walnut Road from Rathmore Road, and the section of Falkland Road from Lucius Street, will both be closed to traffic except buses and vehicles accessing local hotels and properties in Falkland Road.
Sections of Avenue Road will also be affected, with traffic diverted up Mill Lane. High sided vehicles will be diverted at Torre Station along to Belgrave Road due to height restrictions on the bridges.
Pedestrian access to Torre Abbey via the Abbey Gates will be maintained. The tourism event at the Abbey on Tuesday will still go ahead, with people requested to park at the nearby Riviera International Centre. Other car parks are available in Belgrave Road and Shedden Hill.
A Torbay Council spokesman said: "We apologise for the inconvenience the road closures, traffic management and diversions will cause. We are advising road users to allow more time for journeys, find use alternative routes where possible and follow the diversion signs.
"Unfortunately we are unable to say how long it will take to resolve this issue although we remain hopeful that it will be completed some time during the week. The first step will be to dig up the road to identify the cause of the problem before we can arrange for the necessary repairs and road reinstatement to be carried out.
"Coinciding with this, a large poplar tree adjacent to Kings Drive regrettably must be felled as a result of a large branch breaking off.
"The closure of Kings Avenue will enable a crane to be brought in for use in the tree removal operation. By programming the tree removal to coincide with the Kings Drive closure, it will avoid the need to arrange another closure for this purpose at a later date."