Road stabilisation work has been progressing well on Bouldnor Road in Yarmouth according to locals, with piling work having begun earlier this month, however residents have raised concerns with Island Echo about a rumoured road closure.
Contractors managed to place twice the required 1.3 tonne steel plates during the first couple of days of work, but were hindered by inconsiderate drivers ignoring diversion signs and by the great British weather. Safety concerns stopped piling for a short period until the wind eased.
Yarmouth residents have been led to believe a road closure was being considered ahead of the festive period between the hours of 09:00 and 15:00 each day.
Ron Donaldson from Holdings, Yarmouth told Island Echo:
“I and any other traders in Yarmouth will be up in arms if there are any closures at this time of year”
Much to the local’s delight, a spokesperson for Island Roads has denied these reports and told Island Echo:
“There are no current plans for a road closure to help us carry out the piling work at the Bouldnor Road scheme. We do try to avoid total road closures wherever possible, however, our surfacing works related to this scheme will still require a closure as planned. We anticipate that this will be in February 2014 but we will ensure we keep the public updated with exact dates for this as it is dependent on our progress with the ground stabilisation works.
“The current work at Bouldnor does involve installing a number of large piles which makes it necessary for us to impose a six foot six ins width restriction while the scheme is in progress. The site is also controlled by traffic lights which mean there will be some delays.
“We would urge motorists to either build in extra time when planning their journeys or to use the alternative route”.
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