Network Rail is investing £1million in strengthening and restoring
Holgate Road bridge in York.
The bridge carries A59 traffic over the main rail route into and out
of York and a half road closure will be necessary during some of the
work which starts on 8 February.
Dyan Crowther, Network Rail's route director, said: "During this
project we will waterproof and repaint the entire structure as well
as carrying out strengthening works and resurfacing the road and pedestrian
"We have worked closely with the council to ensure that disruption
is kept to a minimum, however it is inevitable that some delays will
be caused. We apologise to anyone who is inconvenienced by these works
which are vital to ensure the future safety and reliability of this
Special shuttle working traffic lights will be used during the work
which will only allow one lane of traffic over the bridge at a time.
To ensure the safety of pedestrians these lights will be arranged
so that the current controlled crossing point provided by the Pelican
Crossing at Watson Street will continue to operate.
Delays to Holgate Road traffic will be kept to a minimum by the introduction
of a temporary one way order on Dalton Terrace. Traffic will only
be able to enter that street from the Holgate Road end. This arrangement
will also ensure that the safety of pupils attending the schools in
Dalton Terrace is not affected by vehicles making 'U' turns.
Damon Copperthwaite, Assistant Director (City Development and Transport)
for City of York Council, commented on the scheme: "Holgate Bridge
is a key part of the city's transport network and so any work affecting
it is going to be difficult to deal with. Obviously there will be
significant delays to traffic and we will be doing all we can to keep
this to a minimum. Drivers can do their part by planning their journeys
to avoid this whole section of the city. For those that can, please
use the Park and Ride service or take a bus."
To ensure that Mount Parade is not used illegally by traffic seeking
a short cut this road will also be made one way with entry only possible
from the Holgate Road end.
There will be no disruption to any rail services during these works.