Resurfacing work on Northampton’s Kingsthorpe Corridor project will take place overnight to reduce disruption for motorists, residents and businesses and speed up the time it takes to complete the scheme.
Northamptonshire County Council will start the work on Wednesday, September 14 and this will take place over nine nights between 8pm and 6am – with the road opening each day for the morning rush hour.
The night working will only take place between Mondays and Fridays and Harborough Road / Welford Road will, in general, only be closed to through traffic in one direction at a time, with the carriageway in the opposite direction kept open.
During the time traffic is prohibited from travelling either North or South it will be required to use the appropriate, signed diversion.
Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage, county council cabinet member for transport, highways, infrastructure and public protection, said: “Carrying out this work overnight means that not only is there less disruption for the public but much more work can be done in a concentrated period of time.
“Work is progressing well and although there has inevitably been some disruption, we’ve tried to keep this to a minimum and all businesses on the stretch of road are open as usual.
“Progress has been good, taking advantage of the lighter hours, good weather and the school holidays.
“The Kingsthorpe Corridor is a busy route into the town centre and I believe this work will go a long way to ensure that the road system can accommodate the growing amount of traffic and, at the same time, persuade people to use public transport by bringing more consistency and efficiency to bus journey times.”
The council has been working on a construction strategy to minimise disruption and complete the overnight resurfacing work as quickly as possible and has introduced a number of working methods:
- Using vehicles fitted with the latest low frequency reversing bleepers; these are specially designed to limit audible noise outside the danger zone, but are still effective and safe
- Vehicle movements will be kept to a minimum to minimise disruption
The project as a whole has moved into the third phase, which focuses on the roads around the Cock Hotel junction. These works will continue as normal during the day, whilst the night time works are carried out.
Programme of night time resurfacing below.
Whilst every effort will be made to keep to this schedule it must be recognised that all resurfacing works are weather dependent and changes to the timetable may be necessary as works proceed.
- Wednesday 14th September – Harborough Road (southbound), Welford Road (southbound), Norton Road, Cranford Road and Kingsland Avenue.
- Thursday 15th September – Harborough Road (southbound), Welford Road (southbound), Norton Road, Cranford Road and Kingsland Avenue.
- Friday 16th September – Harborough Road (northbound) and Welford Road.
- Monday 19th September – Harborough Road (northbound) and Washington Street.
- Tuesday 20th September – Welford Road 6. Wednesday 21st September – Harborough Road (northbound), Welford Road and Washington Street.
- Thursday 22nd September – Welford Road 8. Friday 23rd September – Harborough Road (southbound), Welford Road (southbound), Norton Road, Cranford Road and Kingsland Avenue.
- Monday 26th September – Cranford Road and Kingsland Avenue.