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Noisy York Bridge To Be Fixed


8:05am 13th November 2012

Residents living near a by-pass bridge over the River Ouse should get a better nights sleep soon.

There have been complaints for years about the A64 Bridge at Bishopthorpe making a loud noise when a heavy lorry
passes over it. People living off Naburn Lane have said it can disturb sleep and described the sound as like a loud booming noise. Now the Highways Agency is busy fixing a bridge joint, said to be the cause of the issue.


Fulford Councillor Keith Aspden says he hopes the start of repair work to the Bishopthorpe Road Bridge near the A64 will finally solve a long-standing noise problem.


Earlier this year, Keith says he worked with local residents to push for action after complaints that a loud boom echoed around nearby homes every time a lorry crossed the bridge between Fulford and Bishopthorpe, keeping people awake and preventing them enjoying sitting in their gardens.


He adds that in February, residents were told that the bridge, which was built in 1976, wouldn't be repaired until 2014 at the earliest. However, he says after a letter writing campaign by himself and local residents, the Highways Agency said they were hoping to start work later this year. This week A-one+,  the Highways Agency’s Managing Agent in Yorkshire, began work to replace the westbound bridge joint, says Councillor Aspden. Adding that the overall scheme is due to be finished by 7th December, subject to weather conditions.


Councillor Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Fulford, says:


“Local residents, particularly in Naburn Lane, have been suffering from the noise caused by the faulty joint on the Bishopthorpe Bridge for months, and even though the Highways Agency tried several temporary fixes unfortunately nothing worked.


“It is therefore excellent news that the Highways Agency, after a lot of pressure from local residents, finally brought forward the work to provide a replacement joint in the Bridge and a long-term solution to the noise problem.


“While the work is carried out there will be some short-term disruption including 30mph speed restrictions during the day and westbound carriageway closure at night. If residents have any questions they can contact the Highways Agency on 0300 123 5000 or email ha_info@highways.gsi.gov.uk”.


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