Newsletter No 31. Week Commencing Monday 6th December. First published Friday 3rd December 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.
Work on Greengates Junction will be ongoing until Spring 2022.
Progress, the past four weeks
Over the past four weeks we have completed low voltage cable diversions, one of which leads from the Greengates war memorial to Optegra Eye Hospital and another in the area of the newly formed bus layby on Haigh Hall Road.
On New Line, we have installed a StormCleanser drainage system outside Asda. Yorkshire Water have commenced water diversion works leading from Natwest to QRI which are scheduled for completion in early December.
We have completed work to rebuild the wall outside QRI and, around the corner, we have reoriented the footpaths and planters around the Greengates war memorial gardens which has enabled us to cast the foundations of the new boundary wall.
Road widening operations continue on Harrogate Road, with Virgin Media and BT progressing works along the stretch of road leading from Aldo's Italian to Optegra Eye Hospital.
The next four weeks
On Harrogate Road over the next four weeks, we will start rebuilding the memorial walls and BT will continue the works to their diversions which run from Aldo's Italian to Optegra Eye Hospital. Once these diversions are complete, we will be able to continue road widening operations in this area and reconstruct the associated walls, fence lines, and footpaths.
Yorkshire Water are on track to complete their final diversion, and we will reinstate the car park outside QRI.
On New Line, we will commence work to install the infrastructure required for the upgraded pedestrian crossing to the end of Haigh Hall Road and we will start works to upgrade the surfacing to New Line Retail Park and Sunnyside Day Nursery.
Our site team will be taking a well-earned break over the Christmas period from 23rd December 2021 to 4th January. Please note special Christmas interim newsletter will be issued on Friday 17th December outlining out-of-hours emergency traffic management details for your information.
Howard Civil Engineering in the Bradford Community
We would like to extend our utmost thanks to the Greengates community for inviting us to join them for a minute's silence to commemorate Remembrance Day last month.
Howard Civil Engineering were also thrilled to help bring a little Christmas spirit to Greengates alongside the Friends of Greengates Cenotaph community group with the installation of a 15ft Christmas tree!
The tree lighting ceremony will take place on Tuesday 7th December from 3pm, with carols from pupils at Greengates Primary Academy and St John's Community Church.
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.
Although most motorists are sensibly and patiently obeying the traffic management, some have been observed driving through red lights and even driving the wrong way along Stockhill Road, the site of the local primary school. Such behaviour is incredibly dangerous and the police are assisting us when they can to prevent this. We kindly ask all motorists to remain patient and to wait at red lights which is of course a legal requirement.
West Yorkshire Police have launched a dashcam portal which enables the public to upload footage of dangerous driving, driver distraction offences, including using a mobile phone, driving without due care and attention, careless driving and traffic light contraventions. We and the police would encourage the public to submit any such footage to the police via: westyorkshire.police.uk/SaferRoadsSubmissions.
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. Their traffic engineers continue to work with us to make the required adjustments to the traffic lights to balance the queues and make it as fair as we can for all motorists. 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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