Posts Tagged ‘roadworks’
After extensive consultation in January 2016, the long-awaited HGV interactive traffic signal scheme for the A4169 New Road / Sheinton Street / The Crescent will start in 1st August.
The works will include the installation of permanent two-way traffic signals, with selective vehicle detection for HGVs and buses. Two informal crossing points, and signing and lining works, are also included. The crossing points will probably be marked in red, rather than the green in the illustration.
The work is expected to last for four weeks. Traffic management shall be used with temporary multi-way signals and lane closures. There will be no road closures. The works will be carried out by Dynniq and supervised by Mouchel on behalf of Shropshire Council.
The plan can be seen in PDF format here.
I’m pleased that there’s further work being undertaken on our roads locally in response to my representations. The top part of Oakfield Park will be resurfaced between 4th to 22nd July with the improvements also extending to the footways. There will be a letter drop to local residents giving more detail, and arrangements for refuse collections etc.
From 4th – 6th July King Street will be closed for a drainage investigation and pipe replacement.
There will also be roadworks on the A4169 The Crescent and Sheinton Street in Much Wenlock from 27th July to 21st August. This is to install permanent two-way traffic signals to address problems in the narrow part of the road which happen when large vehicles meet. The consultation event on 15th January resulted in some minor changes being made to the proposals and, overall, the response from local residents was very positive. Although deliberately scheduled for the school holidays to reduce inconvenience, these works will cause considerable disruption, so please allow more time for your journeys.
Looking further ahead, the third and final section of Merrywell Lane is scheduled for completion 26th July to 5th August. The Row will be closed at Easthope 29th August to 6th September for much-needed resurfacing.
As always, the timing of these works is subject to change, so look out the latest information in the press and on notice boards locally.
All of the above works are being carried out on behalf of Shropshire Council.
Of course, other bodies excavate our roads to access their equipment etc., and it doesn’t always go according to plan. One such event was a couple of weeks ago on Sunday 22nd May when Severn Trent Water closed Much Wenlock High Street (with permission for one day), but didn’t complete the work. If they’d worked a full day it would have helped! They had to come back on the Monday morning to complete the work and open the road. This involved breaches of their works permit and the road closure order, and Shropshire Council has taken Severn Trent Water to task for this disruption.
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.
The A458 Harley Bank road closure scheduled for 24th March was postponed at very short notice for contractual reasons.
The signage element of the scheme was as a result of the fatal road accident which occurred in 2012. The signage works are still to be carried out this spring, using temporary traffic signals.
I have impressed upon the highways engineers that the remaining road surfacing works should be organised after the summer period. This is because of the disruption caused by a closure of the A458, and the impact that it may have on the local economy.
Meanwhile, the A4169 Sheinton Street, near Station Road, may have to be closed in the coming weeks for urgent sewer replacement works. Unfortunately the date has yet to be determined, so watch out for advisory signs.
The A458 Harley Bank will be closed for re-surfacing of the carriageway and implementing revised road markings and signs from 24th March for two weeks. Through traffic will be diverted along the A4169 to Buildwas and the B4380 to Atcham.
Severn Trent Water is replacing water pipes over the coming months which may cause some disruption. Work on the B4371 to Church Stretton starts on 24th March. The road will be closed at Wall-under-Haywood for two weeks from 7th April. Work on the B4368 to Craven Arms has started and will continue until August. Three-way traffic signals south of Diddlebury may cause some delays.
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.