City of York Council will be carrying out highways works on the A19 Shipton Road at Skelton from Tuesday 7 May until mid July.
The works are a requirement of the planning consent associated with the adjacent Barratt/David Wilson Homes development of the former Del Monte site. The works are funded by the developer through a Section 106 agreement – a requirement of the planning consent.
The 10 week scheme includes:
- alterations to the road layout to remove the acceleration and deceleration lanes (filter lanes) to and from the Fairfields Drive junction and to create a suitable access into the former Del Monte site
- provision of a grassed central reservation area
- creation of vehicular crossovers though the central reservation at the Fairfields Drive junction and the new Barratt development access
- provision of uncontrolled pedestrian crossings within the central reservation
- amendments to bus stops and
- reduction of the speed limit from 50mph to 40mph.
Work will be carried out in phases to minimise disruption and to maintain access into Fairfields Drive and thereon into the village throughout the main works.
The main construction work is expected to take eight weeks, with subsequent road surfacing planned for a further two weeks.
Week 1 – Temporary traffic lights will be installed (9am to 4pm) at the junction with Fairfields Drive to undertake activities such as removal of existing traffic islands. Access in to / out of Fairfields Drive will be maintained but will be managed to ensure priority is given to keeping traffic flow on the A19 and to minimise queuing.
Weeks 2–8 inclusive – The A19 will operate with narrow lanes during the main construction works, thereby maintaining the continual flow of traffic. Fairfields Drive will remain open but traffic signals may be used to control traffic for specific works at the junction.
Weeks 9 and 10 (overnight) – Resurfacing of A19 and junctions. Traffic flows along the A19 will be maintained using single lane working controlled by temporary traffic signals. Fairfields Drive will be closed during this work.
Work during weeks 1-8 will be undertaken between the hours of 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Night working hours will be 8pm – 6am, Monday to Friday during weeks 9 and 10.
Bus services will be maintained throughout the works, although temporary bus stops will be provided on the A19.
It is intended to reduce the speed limit on the A19 to 30mph as a temporary safety measure during the works.
As with any highways scheme, there is likely to be some inconvenience at times during the works. Everything reasonably possible will be done to keep this to a minimum. Motorists should expect delays during the works and are advised to plan their journeys accordingly. For travel information in and around York, visit www.itravelyork.info.
The works will be carried out by the council, who will be responsible for public safety and maintaining access. For more information visit www.york.gov.uk/a19skelton