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Shropshire Council intends to re-surface part of Merrywell Lane, which runs between the A458 Bridgnorth Road at Walton Grange and the B4376 Broseley road near Marsh Cottages. The work will involve the removal of about 300 yards of the existing surface and relaying a new surface. This work is funded by the financial penalty levied on National Grid Gas for the overrun on its pipe renewal works on the B4373 Broseley to Bridgnorth last year.
This much-needed work will probably take place at half term, week commencing 25th October. Diversions will be in place – please check and watch out for advisory signs. Further work on this lane will be scheduled when funding allows.
The website www.roadworks.org is a useful resource for checking on roadworks, diversion routes and the reasons for the work. Around 70% of the roadworks in the county are not on behalf of Shropshire Council but are undertaken for gas, electricity, telephone and water works.
As I predicted a few weeks ago, the A4169 Sheinton Street, near Station Road, had to be closed for urgent sewer replacement works. These were completed and a manhole constructed so that future access may be easier. Despite careful planning, there was criticism of the diversion arrangements and I am holding a meeting shortly to see what lessons can be learnt.
You may recall that the gas main replacement works on the Broseley-Bridgnorth B4373 overran by some weeks last year. The compensation paid by National Grid Gas will fund a number of highways improvements in the areas affected. For Much Wenlock, this will benefit Merrywell Lane where I anticipate some 300 yards or so of the road will be completely overhauled during the school holidays this summer. Please watch out for further news.
National Grid Gas intends to carry out gas mains replacement works in Sheinton Street at the junction with Station Road and New Road. Some preliminary works may take place in early February, with two-way traffic lights in place. I have intervened to ensure that the more intrusive work will not take place until the schools are closed for the Easter holiday.
The B4378 Ludlow road between Bourton crossroads and Brockton crossroads will be closed for re-surfacing works for two weeks from 14th February 2014.
A cause of considerable concern to local residents is the infrastructure supporting our communities. Drainage, energy, communications and roads are high priorities.
The past few months have seen much disruption on the roads. In some cases it has been necessary to repair the surface. In other cases, underground repairs are required. Bourton Road in Much Wenlock was closed recently to repair a leaking water main.
The A458 at Venus Bank, between Cross Houses and Cound has suffered with flooding issues for some years, so Shropshire Council has installed an improved drainage system designed to resolve the flooding problem. The works were scheduled to take six weeks but, fortunately, the road was only closed for a month.
Less good news is regarding the B4373 Broseley to Bridgnorth road, where the major works to replace the gas main have overrun. The contractors will be fined for the excess time that the road will be closed. Hopefully, some of these funds will be invested in Much Wenlock’s Merrywell Lane diversion route where the road surface is breaking up.
Road closures are not made lightly. Disruption to local businesses and to residents’ normal travel plans is avoided wherever possible but is sometimes unavoidable.