Work has stared on replacing a sewer in Micklegate. The work is expected to last for 10 weeks.
It comes only two years after the last major closure on the street, when gas main repairs brought major delays and inconvenience to neighbouring shops and their customers. Many of the shops depend on passing trade and on street car parking space availability can be limited by works.
A Freedom of Information request has revealed that Micklegate has been either been fully or partially closed on 26 occasions during the last 5 years.
Some of these closures have been caused by “special events”, such as the visit of the Queen, but most can be traced to utility works.
In total there have been restrictions in place for 250 days, of which 14 have been due to the activities of Yorkshire Water or their contractors.
Yorkshire Water will now close part of the street for 70 days to allow for the sewer repair.
It seems a shame that, with the repairs to the gas main still sharp in the memory, the utilities couldn’t have coordinated their projects more closely.
One of the problems on the street is that part of the surface of the carriageway contains traditional cobbled setts, which take longer to reinstate.
A full list of the Micklegate closures can be downloaded by clicking here.