TWO road resurfacing schemes which were delayed by the coronavirus lockdown are due to take place over the coming weeks.
Work is due to be carried out on Krefeld Way, and on a section of Netherhall Road, later this month.
Krefeld Way will be closed in both directions between Strasbourg Drive and Beaumont Leys Lane from 6am on Saturday, June 13, until 7am on Saturday, June 20, so that the city council can carry out extensive resurfacing to the road.
A diversion route will send eastbound traffic via Anstey Lane, Blackbird Road and Abbey Lane. Westbound traffic will also be using this route in reverse during the closure. Localised diversion routes will also be in place during the works.
Work is costing about £275,000 and will see just under 10,000 square metres of road resurfaced, and involves removing and replacing over 1,100 tonnes of asphalt.
Some emergency repairs were carried out along the same section of road back in December 2019, which involved making emergency patch repairs to over 700 square metres of road surface, costing about £25,000 in total.
That work was needed before this latest resurfacing could take place.
Signs warning drivers to take extra care on the uneven surface are in place.
City Highways Director Martin Fletcher said: “Krefeld Way is a major part of the city’s road network, but unfortunately the surface is now in very poor condition and needs replacing.
“The prolonged wet weather last autumn left the road surface in a bad way and we carried out emergency repairs before Christmas. We had planned to resurface the whole carriageway over Easter, but like many other things was disrupted by the lockdown.
“Now we are beginning to emerge from that and can carry out these works. Diversions will be in place and a signposted while work is under way, so all road users will be kept aware of the situation.”
A smaller scheme at Netherhall Road is also due to take place, having also been postponed by the lockdown. The road resurfacing work there will run from 6am on Saturday, June 6 until 7pm on Sunday, June 14.
It involves the removal and replacement of 400 tonnes of asphalt surface, as well as replacing damaged or missing speed cushions. The scheme will cost £120,000. Both projects are funded from the city council’s transport capital budget for 2020-21.
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