KierWSP started work on St Johns Street and Plough Gyratory Highway Improvements on Monday October 8th. This scheme is being delivered in two phases. We have completed the first phase and phase two started on the 7th of January. A new pedestrian crossing, changes to the traffic lights and enhanced roads and footpaths have all been completed as part of Northamptonshire County Councils wider plans to regenerate Northampton town centre.
The 2nd phase includes carriageway reconstruction work between the Plough Hotel and the King Billy pub. As this is a very busy part of town some night time closures are required and these will start on the 1st March and run for eight nights.
This work will greatly improve the area and provide a surface with an extended life. In the past Northamptonshire County Council have required regular lane closures for patching and repairs representing a long term maintenance problem. We are taking this opportunity to provide a more long term solution to improve the standard of the road.
What can I expect during these closures?
Carriageway closures will start on the evening of Friday, March 1st and will be carried out every night until Friday, March 8th.
- Hours of work 7.30pm with the road re-opened by 6.00am for the morning rush hour.
- During the day-time of Saturday March 2, between the hours of 6am and 7.30pm, the road will be open but only have one lane available for through-flow of cross town traffic. On subsequent day-times, two lanes will be open to traffic.
- Diversion routes will be well publicised and signage will be in place.
- You will have access to your properties at all time
- We will use the latest machinery to remove the old road surface. The machines take just one journey to remove large areas of old road surface. This means we get more done and keep disruption and noise to a minimum.
- Every effort will be made to carry out the noisier activities before midnight although other activities may need to be completed later than this.
- Vehicle movements will be kept to a minimum to minimise disruption and disturbance.
Working through the night means:
- we are less disruptive
- less traffic is diverted
- trade in all the local shops and businesses can continue as usual
- we work with large vehicles and it is safer to work at night when the streets are quieter
- Bus service pick-up points will be affected so alternative arrangements will be posted at the locations
The road closure will prevent the through-flow of cross town traffic along St Peters Way from the Gas Street roundabout and there will be signed diversions in place from Gas Street roundabout. Southbound traffic down Bridge Street will not be affected.
Staff controlled access will be in place at the Gas Street Roundabout allowing motorists along St Peters Way to enter St Peters Way/Commercial Street car parks as well as Commercial Street, Kingswell Street and Woolmonger Street via Foundry Street (with the direction of flow reversed for the closure period). Exit from these roads will be via College Street.
Access to properties will be maintained at all times and the traffic management proposals will be clearly signed for all motorists.
Please do not hesitate to contact us on 01604 883400 should you wish further information.