Roadworks on schedule after closure rethink

WORK on a highway improvement scheme in Sherburn in Elmet has been rearranged following concerns over its impact on the local community.

Officers at North Yorkshire County Council’s area highways office in Selby said they have discussed the road closure plans for Low Street with the contractors involved and have managed to agree a method of construction that allows the period of road closure to be reduced.

“The work is being carried out as part of renovation work to the Red Bear pub,” said a spokesman.

“A raised table is being constructed in the road and the footway is being widened as part of a traffic calming scheme. The work began this week.”

They added: “Following concerns over the impact of the works to the community the programme schedule has been reviewed so that a full closure may not be required for the entire duration of the six week scheme.

“Some of the works may not require a full road closure, but only a lane closure.”

The council spokesman added that the contractor is carrying out an assessment to see if it is safe for the work to proceed with only a single lane closure, prohibiting vehicles from travelling north (in the direction of Tadcaster).

If this is successful the remainder of the works will be carried out as follows:

Week two (September 12) - drain connection, will need a full road closure; week three and four (September 19 and 26) - footway construction, will revert to a single lane closure; week five (October 3 to 5): Full road closure to construct the speed table.

And motorists are being warned to expect delays next Monday and Tuesday during resurfacing work on the Sherburn by-pass.

The three roundabouts on the Sherburn bypass are to be resurfaced from September 12 and 13, weather permitting, and will involve three-way traffic lights.

“There will be some delays while the work is carried out, but everything possible will be done to ensure that inconvenience is kept to a minimum,” said a Highways spokesman.