Work on a multi-million-pound investment in Bridlington's transport infrastructure (BridITP2) continues to progress and has now reached a critical phase with the replacement of highway drainage in Hilderthorpe Road due to start on Monday, 2 October.
Unfortunately, due to the nature of the works and the need to replace infrastructure in a poor state of repair, a full road closure is now required and will mean Hilderthorpe Road will close to traffic, between Bridge Street and Springfield Avenue, from Monday, 2 October until the end of January 2018.
Until recently the road has been open in one direction, heading west away from Bridlington Spa; however the installation of the new deep drainage cannot be done with the road open even in one direction.
The excavation for the drainage will effectively remove the road surface, with the remaining carriageway, at the side of the trench, too narrow for traffic to pass safely.
Access will be maintained to properties within the road closure, from either end of the site depending where the actual excavation and works are up to. Vehicles will be able to access the area but must then turn around and exit via the same route.
Properties within the closed section will already have temporary parking passes for the nearby council car parks. These will continue to be valid for the duration of the road closure.
Nigel Atkinson, head of Bridlington Renaissance, said: "The Hilderthorpe Road part of this scheme was always going to require a full road closure at some point and the council and its contractor made the decision to delay this until after the important summer season."We are now beginning a crucial stage of the BridITP2 works and we ask for residents and businesses in Bridlington to continue to bear with us while we deliver this investment."Due to the size and scale of this project, it was always going to cause some short term disruption as it was not possible to deliver it without some work during the summer months.
"The council and its contractor would like to apologise for the inconvenience, but it is important that residents, businesses and visitors to Bridlington do not lose sight of the benefits this scheme will provide for the town. In order for Bridlington to thrive in the future, we need to ensure that the transport infrastructure is there to support much-needed economic development.
"As well as improving traffic flow in the town and the provision of better facilities for pedestrians, BridITP2 will open up areas of land for development – providing employment opportunities for local people and maximising the potential of the visitor economy."
The council and its contractor are currently assessing options to open the road temporarily over the Christmas period.