Major Resurfacing Work On A59 Starts Today
8:35am 28th May 2013
City of York Council will carry out resurfacing works on one of York’s major link roads from today, as part of the Access York scheme which is creating two new Park & Ride sites in the city.
Works will start on Boroughbridge Road (A59) between Plantation Drive and Seldon Road and on Poppleton Road (also A59) between Holgate Park Drive and Acomb Road from Tuesday 28 May.
The council will invest £250k towards the scheme, as part of the £950k Access York Bus Priority works for Boroughbridge Road. The scheme is also delivering sections of bus lane near Plantation Drive and Holgate Park Drive, upgraded traffic signals at Carr Lane, Water End and The Fox Junctions and a new signalised pedestrian crossing near Windmill Rise.
Phase one of the £22.7million Access York Park & Ride project officially started this month following confirmation from the Department of Transport that the Government will provide £15.3m of funding, approximately 70 per cent, of the overall project costs.
During the A59 works, over 1 km of new surfacing will be laid and over 2,000 tonnes of Superflex binder material will be used by Aggregate Industries (Bardon), on behalf of the council to replace the existing damaged road surface in two stretches on the A59 during the three week programme.
The Superflex material uses a unique binder called elastomeric polymer modified bitumen, which rebounds under traffic loading. This means that the new surface will last longer, be more durable and offer improved skid resistance – bringing lasting improvements to road quality and safety.
Cllr Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability, said: “This much needed resurfacing work will result in an improved road for all users and complete one of the key elements of the Access York scheme, which will provide two new Park & Ride sites in York and vastly improve the A59 / Outer Ring Road roundabout layout for all road users.
“Although we are doing everything possible to minimise disruption during the works, we would ask that road users please bear with us for this short period as diversion routes are put in place to protect the safety of the public and the work force.”
Works will only take place outside the peak traffic periods - when traffic flows are reduced, say the council. They add that some evening work will take place as needed to prepare the site for the following day. Drivers are advised to try and find alternative routes, if possible, for the duration of the works.
A signed diversion route will be put in place between 9.15am and 4pm. During these hours inbound traffic only will be allowed to use the A59 through the work area. Outbound traffic will be diverted via Acomb Road, Wetherby Road and the A1237 (York Outer Ring Road), say the council.
The duration of the works are as follows:
Phase 1: Holgate Park Drive to Acomb Road, four days commencing 28 May
Phase 2: Plantation Drive to Seldon Road, ten days commencing 3 June.
Travellers using Water End will be unaffected during Phase 1 of the works, say the council. During Phase 2 outbound travellers from Water End will be diverted during off peak hours when the Water End to Carr Lane section is being surfaced. Local bus routes will be maintained wherever possible, they add.
For more information about the scheme and bus diversions please visit www.york.gov.uk/parkandride.
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