Newsletter No 32. Week Commencing Monday 24th January. First published Friday 21st January 2022.
Happy new year from all at Howard Civil Engineering! We hope you all have a wonderful 2022.
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
Since our latest newsletter, we are pleased to say that BT has completed work on their diversion along Harrogate Road leading from Aldo's Italian to Optegra Eye Hospital. This will allow us to continue road widening operations and the reconstruction of the associated walls, fence lines, and footpaths along this stretch of road.
Things are further starting to take shape along Harrogate Road including paving to the street outside Aldo's Italian to Lusso Bar.
Stretching around the corner, work to reconstruct the walls of the memorial garden is progressing well.
We have successfully realigned the footpath on New Line along the stretch of road running from The Grove to the war memorial, meaning it is now clear to see how wide the road will be upon completion of the scheme. The car park to QRI has also been reinstated.
Further down New Line, work to upgrade the surfacing on New Line Retail Park and Sunnyside Day Nursery is complete, along with white lining, and we are also installing new railings to the front of the nursery.
Finally, we have commenced work to install the infrastructure required for the upgraded pedestrian crossing which will replace the current zebra crossing adjacent to the newly constructed bus layby at the end of Haigh Hall Road.
The next four weeks
Over the next four weeks, we will be aiming to complete the installation of infrastructure needed to upgrade the aforementioned pedestrian crossing, in addition to installing the new bus shelters.
We will fit the restored railings to the new QRI boundary wall, and we are hopeful that BT’s own contractor will complete the necessary civil engineering works to facilitate the continuation of the road realignment along New Line to the front of Asda.
Work to complete the reconstruction of the walls outside the war memorial and Optegra Eye Hospital will also be completed. Once rebuilt, the wall around the war memorial will be surveyed by a specialist ironwork restoration contractor to enable the original railings to be amended and fit the new alignment.
Finally, we will progress works for the formation of the new footpath on the western flank of Harrogate Road and continue to exchange the old lighting columns and signs around the junction to new energy-efficient replacements.
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 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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