A major detour to the Yarmouth Hospital from Main Street was in place Tuesday morning.
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Repair work on a water leak on Vancouver Street that necessitated a detour through Lakeside Road and Dayton is finished and traffic flow is back to normal.
The work caused confusion and great irritation for drivers trying to make their way to the Yarmouth Regional Hospital this morning, but by early afternoon one lane in the affected area was reportedly open.
As of 10:30 a.m. drivers were being permitted to drive alongside the repair work heading west; however, a supervisor cautioned that the road may be blocked as work proceeds and traffic will be diverted through Dayton during that time.
Contacted at his office, town engineer Dave Ernst said the work would be finished today, that it likely wouldn't go much "beyond mid-afternoon or so ... It shouldn't take that long for a service leak, but you never know what you're going to run into."
Another leak on Forbes Street was fixed Monday, he said.
Such cases are not unusual, he said.
He acknowledged that work like this can create a nuissance. He said he was not familiar with the detour that was in place for this particular work.
Signs at the junction of Vancouver and Main Street that state "local traffic only" did not specify the perimeters. Drivers who were trying to make their way up the hospital this morning were being turned back one block from the complex and instructed to drive through Dayton, up Session Hill and through the Lakeside Road.
This story will be updated through the day.