Newsletter No 13. Week Commencing Monday 25th January. First published Friday 22nd January 2021.
This newsletter is to provide you with an update on the Greengates Junction Improvement works.
On Monday 4th January 2021 the UK Government ordered a national lockdown in England,but confirmed that the construction industry may continue as it has done throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We would like to assure you that, in line with government guidance, construction on Greengates junction will continue as normal.
Please note traffic management measures remain in place at Greengates junction to enable us to work on all four arms of the junction. Please plan your journey accordingly if you are passing through the junction.
Additionally, we are aware that a small number of road users are making dangerous manoeuvres around the traffic management measures which jeopardise the safety of others. Should you witness any dangerous or illegal manoeuvres, please report these directly to West Yorkshire Police.
We have also been receiving reports of people interfering with the traffic management measures in place, including moving cones and taking down signs. A member of the public has recently suffered an injury as a consequence of this and we urge members of the community to please keep in mind that it is illegal to tamper with traffic management measures. Doing so puts our workforce and other members of the public at risk.
Howard Civil Engineering and Bradford Council would like to thank those who are driving safely through the junction. Your continued patience and understanding as we undertake improvement works are greatly appreciated.
Progress, the past two weeks
In the past two weeks we have confirmed the route of the existing gas main along New Line, opposite the P-Loop area, and completed the diversion in this area.
Yorkshire Water have successfully established a compound on the grassed area at the entrance to Sainsbury's on New Line and commenced work to divert the water main to the southern section of New Line east, opposite the P-Loop area.
Passers-by will notice a significant amount of progress has been made to the construction of the retaining wall along the new Farmfoods boundary.
Over in the P-Loop area, operatives have continued to identify and lower/divert unknown services found in this area. We have excavated approximately 750 tonnes of material and formed the starter layer to the road widening along Harrogate Road opposite Aldo's Italian.
Work in this area has been delayed due to adverse weather conditions and unfortunate shortages in our supply chain due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We would like to assure you that every effort is being made to overcome these setbacks and work towards the installation of tarmac surfacing for the new road.
The next two weeks
Work to divert the water main to the southern section of New Line opposite the P-Loop will continue over the next two weeks, with the works advancing to and crossing Harrogate Road to Farmfoods.
To minimise disruption, we will also install low-voltage power ducting across Harrogate Road while these works are ongoing.
In the P-Loop area, we will continue work to form the new road. As part of this scope, we will unfortunately need to undertake remedial work to remove materials which were saturated due to the adverse weather faced last week.
We are also hopeful that we will be able to complete the construction of the retaining wall along the new Farmfoods boundary during this time.
Please note current traffic management measures along Harrogate Road have been relocated closer to the arm of the junction to close off the existing Farmfoods entrance while we undertake removal works on this corner. As of Sunday 18th October 2020, roads have been reduced to two lanes in all directions to enable us to progress with ongoing junction widening works. We anticipate that these traffic management measures will be in place for the foreseeable future, certainly throughout the Christmas period. Please allow extra time for travel when passing through the junction.
Howard Civil Engineering have worked alongside Bradford Council to ascertain the most efficient traffic management measures to enable us to complete the junction improvement works with the highest consideration for safety of our operatives, road users and pedestrians. We apologise in advance for any disruption and delays which you may encounter as a result of these works and thank you for your continued patience and understanding.
Greengates achieves 'very good' compliance score from Considerate Constructors' Scheme
Our Greengates Junction site has achieved a fantastic score following a review from the Considerate Constructors’ Scheme.
The site was assessed by the scheme and monitored for our performance against the five sections of the Code of Considerate Practice; caring about our appearance, respecting the community, protecting the environment, securing everyone’s safety, and valuing our workforce.
We are pleased to say that Greengates scored highly, operating well beyond the minimum requirements.
Your site contacts
There are several ways you can contact the site team to report faults, voice any concerns or ask any questions you may have.
The HRNL Junction Improvement Scheme is managed by the following members of our experienced and highly approachable team: Tony Kilbane (Contracts Manager), Simon Doling (Site Agent), Mick Bottomley (Site Supervisor) and Fahd Mahmood (Site Engineer). Please rest assured there will always be a representative on site during working hours should you have you questions about the scheme.
To contact Howard Civil Engineering remotely, please contact your Community Liaison Officer, Sophie Henderson, at email@example.com or contact 07793654086.
To contact a member of Bradford Council, please contact David Aspinall via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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