THE PHOTOS show a leak which led to emergency work on two busy Colchester roads.
Anglian Water is carrying out repairs on Haven Road and Whitehall Road in the Hythe.
Traffic lights have been installed while the work, which began Thursday morning, is completed.
Work is expected to continue until Wednesday and causes long delays in Hythe in Colchester.
Drivers have reported huge queues in part of the city due to roadworks.
Richard Fanders, who is a freelance driving instructor with his company Conquer Driving, uploaded the photos to the Gazette.
He said: “There has been a leak near the mini roundabout connecting Whitehall Road and Haven Road in Colchester for several weeks now.
“Yesterday they decided to close the roadway where the leak occurs and use half of the road for pedestrians.
“To do this, they have set up a temporary system of traffic lights which causes long queues along the two roads.
“The area is very little frequented by pedestrians.
“I was there for about ten minutes and saw a person walking in the neighborhood and there is a perfectly good sidewalk across the road not to mention a pedestrian crossing higher up the road on one side of the leak and a very close island traffic on the other side of the leak helping people cross the road if they feel the need.
“It seems very silly to me to bring so much traffic, stress and pollution into the neighborhood by closing half the road to make way for pedestrians especially when there are so few pedestrians in the neighborhood.
“I did not see anyone using the temporary footpath.”
He added: “I see it as a nanny state because surely people can cross the road safely or bypass the obstacle on their own when there is no traffic.
“Surely the people who control the roads should trust the public more.”
You can consult the work map here.