The Council will be starting the second phase of work to improve the flow of traffic on the A19 south of York with works at the Crockey Hill junction with Wheldrake Lane starting on Sunday 14 January.
The work is expected to be completed by Friday 4 May. No work will take place over the Easter weekend, and the road will be operate as normal from 30 March to 3 April in a bid to minimise disruption to road users.
An extra southbound lane will be built on the approach to, and through the junction in a bid to ease rush-hour congestion heading south out of York, particularly at the A64 Fulford Interchange. The traffic lights in the area will also be improved.
Work will take place from 7am – 7pm, Monday to Friday with temporary traffic signals in place throughout the construction period. Due to the nature of the work weekend working will be required at times. The right hand turn into Wheldrake Lane will be closed from 29 January until 11 March, a signed diversion will be in place.
Resurfacing will take place over night to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum. It will take place from 25 April – 4 May from 7pm – 5am. No resurfacing work is planned for weekends. One lane on the A19 will be kept open at all times. Wheldrake Lane will be closed to traffic throughout the resurfacing works.
Executive member for transport and planning, Cllr Ian Gillies said: “Over 20,000 vehicles pass through this junction every day, therefore I’m pleased to see that we are making great progress with the works. The scheme will help to relieve congestion at this pinch-point that affects traffic across the south of the city – including the A19 and the A64 Fulford Interchange.
“As with most roadworks people should expect some short term delays throughout the scheme. I hope these changes will help to alleviate pressure at the junction and make it a better experience for people who live and work in the city.”
Head of transport at City of York Council, Tony Clarke, said:
“Due to unavoidable and essential work, road users should expect some delays when travelling in and around York throughout the early part of the year.
“To limit disruption, we have chosen this historically quiet time to upgrade several key areas of the road network. These include replacing ageing traffic lights and improving junctions at Lendal Arch and on the A19 at Crockey Hill, as well as coordinating with work by our partners at Germany Beck and utilities works in the Piccadilly and Pavement area of the city.
“We urge road users to plan their journeys and look at using alternative methods of transport, such as Park & Ride, to reduce congestion and speed up journey times. Once again, we’re doing everything we can to minimise the short-term disruption while we improve the city’s road network.”
The main work follows on from preparatory works that started in October 2017 in a bid to minimise disruption to traffic using the busy junction.
The £1m junction improvements were approved by Councillor Gillies, executive member for transport and planning at a public Decision Session on 17 August 2017, following public consultation.
This scheme is funded from the DfT’s Local Pinch Point Fund and the Council’s Local Transport Plan funding.
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