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Wide load warning during Greenodd roundabout work
4:03pm Friday 11th October 2013 in News
WIDE vehicles including large trucks and static caravans may face long waits while travelling along the A590 at Greenodd as work takes place to construct the new £2.7m roundabout.
There is insufficient capacity for wide loads to pass through the traffic management at the junction of the A590 and A5902, so drivers who are unable to take an alternative route must wait in a designated area until it is safe for them to pass.
The restrictions apply to vehicles which are over 3.2 metres (or 10’6”) wide. Vehicles are asked to stop at laybys adjacent to Rusland Pool on the westbound carriageway and Arrad Foot on the eastbound carriageway, taking care not to block access to and from local businesses and residences.
Drivers of wide loads will then need to wait until traffic levels are low enough to permit them to be escorted through the roadworks by a traffic safety officer, but are warned that this may result in significant delay to their journey.
The new roundabout is part of the Government’s national £317 million pinch point programme to remove bottlenecks, improve safety and keep traffic moving on England’s motorways and major A roads. The scheme has received widespread support, and will help tackle congestion and reduce accidents on the busy A590.
Samantha Whittaker, project manager for the Highways Agency, said:
“Work is progressing well on the roundabout and we are currently on schedule to complete the scheme early in the new year. However, as we move into a new phase of construction it will no longer be physically possible to accommodate vehicles of over 3.2 metres wide until very quiet periods, as escorting them through the roadworks will involve removing and replacubg existing traffic management measures, taking a significant amount of time.
“Closing off the road to regular traffic to allow passage of a wide load during busy periods would cause an unacceptable build-up of traffic, so it is likely that wide loads will need to wait until night time to be escorted through the junction.
“We ask haulage and caravan companies to be aware of the restrictions, and if possible to plan journey times for when the roads are quiet to save themselves long delays.
“The Highways Agency would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused, but asks that road users be patient while work is carried out.”
More details are available at www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/a590-greenodd-junction-improvement
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