Irthlingborough Town Council

"Working hard for the town of Irthlingborough"

Parson's Green

Clerk: Mrs Angie Daly
Council Offices, Station Road
Northamptonshire NN9 5SN

Tel: 01933 650866

A45 Chowns Mill Progress Report from Highways England

A45 Chowns Mill Progress Report from Highways England

As traffic volumes are lower, we've closed some lanes around the A45 / A6 Chowns Mill junction. We've kept one lane open and will continue to review this arrangement. This single lane running will continue until 16 May. We've made good progress creating new road space around the roundabout and within the central reservation areas of the approaches to the roundabout. This will allow us to use the additional road space we need to place permanent temporary traffic management system (Monoblock).
Noise and Vibration Monitoring
We understand that our overnight work is causing inconvenience and disruption for which we apologise and thank you for your patience while we carry out this vital work.
We're working hard to complete this work as quickly and safely as possible while minimising the amount of noise generated. Unfortunately, it's not possible to eliminate all construction noise and vibration. However, we're adopting best practise measures and working as considerately as we can, giving advance notice about our planned works
We've recently begun to work on Station Road (A5028) and uncovered part of the old A6 road, which we needed to break out using an excavator. Following feedback from nearby residents who were concerned about vibration, we halted this activity and we're now approaching the removal of the old A6 in a different way. We're using a road planer, which will get the works completed quicker and should produce less vibration and noise.
Dust issues
We apologise for the dust over the recent spell of nice weather – we'll be using new equipment that will spray water and reduce the amount of dust generated.
'Three Oaks' tree Higham Ferrers
We've concluded our investigation work into the oak tree, situated on Station Road (A5028) Higham Ferrers, which is referred to locally as Three Oaks, due to its unusual three-stem trunk.
Safety is our top priority and we have decided to remove the Three Oaks tree early next week.. We only fell trees when it is necessary to keep people safe or to allow us to improve journeys.
We've listened to local people, including the local campaign group, and understand their feelings about the history of the Three Oaks tree. Therefore, we carried out investigation and design work to determine if the tree could be retained safely.
Unfortunately, the findings conclude that the proximity of the improvement work will leave the tree unstable, due to the size and spread of its roots, and in danger of falling, risking public safety.
What's next?
Over the next week, we will be working on the A5028 Station Road and the A6 bypass during the day. This work may be noisy and cause some vibration. During the night, we'll work on the A6 Bypass, as well as earthworks/vegetation clearance on other areas of the project.
We'll be laying asphalt on the A6 Bypass & A6 Station Road at night between Monday 4 and Thursday 7 May. To ensure the safety of our workforce and road users, we need to fully close the road overnight. Even though there is less traffic, our major routes need to remain open during the day.
The weekend of 9 to10 May (no work Friday 8 May Bank Holiday) we will be working at night preparing the junction for the installation of the permanent traffic management.
We expect to install the Monoblock safety barrier by the middle of May 2020. Once this is in place it will mean that we can carry out the majority of our work safely during the day.

Highways England Customer Contact Centre
0300 123 5000

Posted: Mon, 04 May 2020 13:30 by Hanneke Soans

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