ESSENTIAL repairs and resurfacing works will be carried out next week with a series of overnight lane closures on part of Leicester’s inner ring road.
Maintenance work will be carried out from Monday, September 20, to the following Monday, September 27, on a section of Oxford Street from its junction with Jarrom Street to just past its junction with Bonners Lane.
The whole section of road will have the existing damaged, uneven and pitted surface removed and replaced.
To reduce disruption to traffic, work will take place between 6pm to 5am, during which only one lane of traffic will remain open.
York Road, Bonners Lane, Carlton Street and Grange Lane will also be closed at times depending on which side of the junction the work is taking place. The noisiest work will be completed before midnight each night wherever possible.
Towards the end of the work there will be a full road closure of Oxford Street on Sunday, September 26, for one night between 6pm and 5am, with a reserve day on Monday in case of any delays in completing the work.
All diversion routes will be signed, and some one-way streets will be reversed or made two-way to allow traffic to flow smoothly during the works. Some parking restrictions will also be in place in the areas where work is being done.
Letters have been sent to residents giving them details of the work and access to properties.
The work is being carried out by Contractor Aggregate Industries and sub-contractor Premier Road Surfacing, and is funded by the city council’s highways maintenance budget for 2021-22.
Director of City Highways at Leicester City Council, Martin Fletcher, said: “This section of the city’s inner ring road is extremely busy, and is used by thousands of vehicles every day.
“The road surface gets very heavily worn, which combined with the effects of the weather and works by utility companies, means the surface is uneven, breaking up and needs to be resurfaced.
“There is no way to carry out such extensive repairs on such a busy part of the road network without it having an impact on traffic, but we’ve planned these works to be done overnight, to avoid the peak times.
“One lane of traffic will remain open during most of the work, apart from one full closure overnight.
“If you can use an alternative route during that week please do so. If you can’t then please allow extra journey time to get wherever you are going.”
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