In the month since I asked NYCC to treat the closure of the A19 as an emergency the underground surveys have been completed and a series of decisions have been taken by NYCC about how best to reconstruct the road. A contractor has now been appointed and work is expected to start soon.
The reconstruction is a major project as indicated by the £6.5M cost. The causeway that supports the road needs extensive repairs as well as the resurfacing of the road. Additionally the Northern Gas Grid pipeline will need to be renewed and BT Telecommunications cables diverted to enable the reconstruction work to be carried out.
North Yorkshire County Council have issued the following press release. The focus of my attention is now on making sure that we have the earliest possible completion date.
Press Release issued by NYCC:
Contractor named for essential A19 repairs
A contractor that will undertake the reconstruction work to the A19 between Chapel Haddlesey and Eggborough has been appointed.
North Yorkshire County Council has awarded the contract to Balfour Beatty through the Scape National Civil Engineering Framework (SNCEF). The estimated cost for undertaking the reconstruction works is around £6.5million.
Following an extensive investigation and design process, construction is expected to take approximately six months.
David Bowe, North Yorkshire County Council’s Corporate Director of Business and Environmental Services, said: “The investigation and design process was inevitably delayed by very slow dissipation of water, the Covid-19 pandemic and the availability of specialist ground investigation radar.
“However, with a contractor appointed and a preliminary review of remedial options complete, we anticipate work starting very soon.”
County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, added: “We are working with Balfour Beatty to look at ways to reduce the duration of the works, thus minimising the disruption to the travelling public and local communities. As soon as we have a detailed programme, we will inform the public.”