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A63 Roundabout at Osgodby to Re-Open on May 23


5:31pm 14th May 2013

The £1.8m Barlby roundabout will be completed and open on Thursday, May 23 - 11 weeks ahead of schedule.

The original programme for the project was 22 weeks - a ten-week full road closure followed by 12 weeks of traffic management. However, the entire project will be completed, weather permitting, in just over half the time. Even if heavy rain delays work over the next few days, the roundabout will still open fully with only verge work remaining.

This is largely down to the communities of Barlby and Osgodby agreeing to the inconvenience of a ten-week road closure at the A19/A63 junction and a diversion through their villages. It is also due to the commitment of the contractor, Jackson Civil Engineering Ltd, to get the job done. The contractor's project team has worked a seven-day week and long hours each day to finish the work far ahead of schedule. Without a closure, the construction period could have been as long as 36 weeks.

The roundabout will improve safety as it replaces staggered crossroads. The A19 carries over 33,000 vehicles daily at this location and the roundabout is designed to improve safety for people turning right and to decrease speeds on the A19 to help motorists coming from the A63 in Osgodby and Highfield View in Barlby.

County Councillor Brian Marshall, local member for Barlby, said: "We are delighted that the roundabout is to be completed so many weeks earlier than expected. This roundabout will make life safer and easier for the local population and the entire travelling public and we have campaigned long and hard for it. The people of Barlby and Osgodby and local businesses have had to put up with a great deal of disruption and inconvenience due to the diversion through their villages, but this has meant that the contractors have been able to get on with the job uninterrupted. We are very grateful to Jackson engineering for working all hours to finish this crucial project in such good time and lessen the pain for all concerned."

Andy Burton, regional manager of Jackson Civil Engineering, said: "The original programme for this project was 22 weeks, however with the full road closure, we should be able to complete the roundabout in 11 weeks. This achievement is down to our excellent project team, which has worked seven days a week and over 10,000 man hours to finish the job as quickly and as safely as possible. We hope that the early completion will go some way to compensating for the disruption caused to motorists, and we hope they enjoy using the new roundabout, which should ease congestion in the area, and make the junction far safer."

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