THERE was early morning traffic mayhem for motorists as roadworks and a jackknifed lorry caused hours of tailbacks on a major route.
As heavy snow fell in much of the region early yesterday morning, motorists travelling on the A483 were faced with two-hour long tailbacks on the northbound carriageway caused by a combination of roadworks and a jackknifed lorry.
Communters to Wrexham and Chester were delayed as traffic crawled along the A483 from the Halton Roundabout to junction three at Croesfoel where traffic was condensed into one lane up to junction four for roadworks aimed at improving drainage.
Andy Stewart, route manager with the North Wales Trunk Road Agency, said: “There have been flood warning signs out on that stretch of road and these works are there to be improve the drainage in the area.
“It is most likely the works will take all of this week and the road will be down to one lane northbound while they are carried out.”
Colin Barker, 50, who travels from Oswestry to work in Wrexham, said: “I hit the A483 at about 8.10am and the queue was already forming by the Halton roundabout near McDonald’s.
“We crawled at next to nothing speeds up to junction three, where I turned off and tried to go via Rhostyllen, but everyone had the same idea and that road was not much better.
“It must have taken me nearly two hours longer to get to work.
“The snow didn’t help either as it started to stick to the road.”
Motorists took to Twitter to warn other motorists to steer clear.
Charlotte Williams wrote: “@wrexham A483 absolute gridlock towards Wrexham from Ruabon #Roadworks #GottaLoveMondays”
Jeanette Salisbury said: “A483 at a standstill around Johnstown.”
Josh Jones said: “A483 Northbound from Chirk to Rhostyllen, possibly onwards at a standstill.”