The installation of anti-skid road surfacing will begin on Monday (30 September) as part of the final works to prepare the carriageway at Temple Gate.
The project is currently scheduled to finish planned works on 31 October, however some work may need to be undertaken in November as a number of the remaining elements involve excavations around existing services or are weather dependent and so susceptible to delay. Work to correct defects will be scheduled for later in the year.
The High Friction Surfacing (HFS) road treatment will act as an additional safety measure, reducing the likelihood of vehicles skidding when trying to stop at speed. It will also help to make the new pedestrian crossings clear to all road users by using buff coloured HFS to highlight the approach to crossings and junctions.
To help minimise disruption, the work is scheduled to take place overnight, with shifts planned from 8pm to 6am, Monday to Friday, until 12 October. The work is weather dependent so the current programme is subject to change.
This treatment must be installed at least four weeks after the previous stage of surfacing works to ensure it fully adheres to the road.
Councillor Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member for Transport, said:
“We recognise that this next stage of work will cause further disruption to businesses and residents in the area. We continue to thank them for their patience as the final elements are completed on this complex project. We are speaking to local businesses that are open in the evenings to ensure disruption is minimised so that they can operate as usual.
“Safety must be paramount in this busy area and the anti-skid road treatment ensures we follow best practice where safety is concerned.”
The HFS installation comes after the completion of the wider resurfacing programme to furnish the final road layout with new surface and lining. Work has also been undertaken to install circuitry and sensors under the new surface at junctions. These inductive loops will be used to provide information on traffic flows through this busy intersection to the council’s control room where the live data can be used to help manage congestion.
Details of the closures and updates to the planned works can be found on the Temple Quarter website.