Newsletter No 24. Week Commencing Monday 28th June. First published Friday 25th June 2021.
This newsletter is to provide you with an update on the Greengates Junction Improvement works.
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.
Unfortunately, the scheme has suffered some major setbacks which are predominantly associated with the diversion of existing utilities, the service provided by the apparatus owners in undertaking the diversion works, the discovery of numerous unchartered services, restrictions relating to traffic management and traffic flows, and the feasibility of implementing the design under these circumstances on a busy congested junction. These factors have resulted in and caused, in certain scenarios, substantial changes to the design, resequencing of works, and substantial changes and delays to the overall delivery programme.
All of these factors are beyond Howard Civil Engineering’s direct control, but please rest assured we are working with and encouraging the various parties to find viable solutions to mitigate future delays.
The delivery programme for this project is under constant review, and presently the scheme will not be finished in 2021. We are striving to complete the works as early as possible in 2022.
We sincerely apologise for the delays and the disappointing news. However, as stated above. the delays are beyond the direct control of Howard Civil Engineering. We would like to thank local residents, business owners, and commuters, for their continued patience and understanding.
Progress, the past two weeks
Over the past two weeks, we have completed the installation of road gullies which connect to the rainwater attenuation system on New Line, and installed the kerbs, ducting, tactile paving, and signs to form the new footpath.
We have also continued to install ducting in the road crossings and footpaths to further the diversion of services.
Where possible, work is underway to rebuild the boundary walls around the junction. The remaining boundary walls will commence construction upon completion of the required service diversions by external suppliers.
We are also pleased to say that we have completed the diversion of high and low voltage cables on Harrogate Road.
The next two weeks
On New Line, opposite the Asda and the P-Loop area, we will continue to fill the area to the required levels, and install ducting, tactile paving, and signage in preparation for surfacing.
Works to divert the low voltage cables along New Line, outside New Line Retail Park and Sunnyside Day Nursery, are scheduled for completion next week.
Phase 2 of Yorkshire Water's diversion is scheduled to commence on Saturday 3rd July. These works are to renew and divert the water main on Harrogate Road, opposite Greengates Primary Academy, and will run 7 days a week and throughout the school summer holidays, when traffic should be lighter. These works have been scheduled in an attempt to limit the impact both on local residents and commuters.
Around all areas of the junction, we will continue the reconstruction of the boundary walls.
The installation of ducting in the road crossings to facilitate service diversions will also continue over the next two weeks.
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. 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.
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, please contact your Community Liaison Officer, Sophie Henderson, at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 07793654086.
To contact a member of Bradford Council, please contact David Aspinall via email at email@example.com.
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