A multi-million-pound scheme designed to improve the transport infrastructure of Bridlington town centre continues to progress, with the aim of being complete by spring/early summer 2018.
The council's contractor is laying new paving in Bridge Street and constructing the new Beck Hill Bridge, with piling and steelwork now complete and concreting underway before bridge beams are put into place by the end of April.
Paving in Bridge Street is expected to complete by the end of April and will be followed by work on the footway/carriageway in Manor Street and then on into Beck Hill and Hilderthorpe Road, starting in late summer with the aim of being complete in spring 2018.
The council and its contractor would like to apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused by these important works and would like to again thank residents and businesses for their patience and understanding.
Unfortunately, due to the nature of the works, some disruption is inevitable but every effort is being made to keep this to a minimum. A letter drop/issuing of a newsletter will be undertaken to all directly affected premises prior to the start of each new phase of the works to notify residents and businesses of the proposals in more detail.
However, following the Easter weekend, there will be a temporary closure on Bridge Street to allow the road to be resurfaced and traffic will be diverted along Manor Street during this section of works.
Whilst work is carried out on Manor Street, it will be closed to through traffic but access will be maintained to all premises on Manor Street and Saw Mill Yard for customers and deliveries, so please be aware of changing arrangements around this area as work progresses over the next few weeks.
To that end, both the council and its local contractor, PBS Construction, are keen to remind residents and businesses that they should not hesitate to contact them for any support or assistance during the ongoing period of construction.
Phase 2 of the Bridlington Integrated Transport Plan (BridITP2), when complete, will see:
• Hilderthorpe Road widened to provide a three-lane carriageway, one lane in each direction and a right-turn lane, to allow easier and quicker traffic flow
• the realignment of Beck Hill and a new bridge over the Gypsey Race to improve town centre access
• traffic flow along Manor Street being reversed and Bridge Street becoming one-way
• new signage erected.
These works are part of a two-year programme, anticipated to be complete by summer 2018, and involves PBS Construction:
• excavating and laying new roads and shared footpaths/cycleways
• raising the level of Beck Hill and installing a new bridge
• enable the implementation of an extended 20mph zone
• widening and improving pedestrian facilities in Manor Street and Bridge Street.
Councillor Symon Fraser, cabinet portfolio holder for asset management, housing and environment, said: "BridITP2 is one of the largest investments in transport infrastructure the East Riding has ever seen and is extremely important to the future of Bridlington, not only for residents but also for the thousands of people who visit the town every single year. "The short term pain of these works is outweighed by the long term gain. The BridITP2 works will result in improved access around the town centre for pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and the travelling public, a new linear park alongside the Gypsey Race and the opening up of several sites for residential and commercial development, boosting the local economy and creating much-needed jobs for local people. "The council is committed to investing in Bridlington and has spent millions of pounds in recent years on new facilities and developing existing infrastructure in the town. "More projects will follow in the future, creating a town that residents can be proud of and reaffirming Great Bridlington as the heart of the Yorkshire Coast."
The council and its contractor would again like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by these works and would like to reassure residents that every effort has and will continue to be made to reduce any disruption.
BridITP2 is jointly funded by East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and will help support future development in the town, attracting new businesses, creating jobs and boosting the local economy.
For further information about the scheme, visit www.bridlingtonrenaissance.com or contact the project delivery site team on 07376082397 or 07376 082401.