Friday, 6 November, 2020 with update added on 13th November
Balfour Beatty, the main contractor, North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) and WSP who designed the new causeway have updated me on the project. They have also explained some of the details of the design, the work that has been completed and project plans going forward. As previously announced the road will be completed and re-opened by 25 June 2021. The plan includes contingencies for risks such as flooding while work is being carried out. Hopefully the contingencies will not be required and the road can be re-opened earlier.
I am pleased to report that the replacement gas pipeline has now been completed. The pipeline is at a depth of 3 metres along the 1.2km length of the road and much deeper at the Chapel Haddlesey where the pipeline goes below the bridge and under the river. The pipe was installed in sections which were then joined at a depth of 3 metres and the pipeline completed on 20 October.
The causeway itself will be rebuilt in sections. In each section the first step is to clear and reshape the sides of the embankment to support random blocks of stone which will protect the sides of the causeway from wave erosion. The causeway itself will then be excavated and removed to a depth of 1 metre before rebuilding with granular layers so that the road and causeway are both resilient to any future flooding. The road on top of the embankment will then be added. This sectional approach is being taken to minimise the impact if there was another flood event while the work was being carried out.
Throughout the project the construction traffic removing spoil from the site and bringing new material to site will use the Wand Lane site entrance unless it is impossible to do so. The estimate of lorry movement is a peak of 110 per day. The photo above is one of the vehicles working on the site clearing spoil from the first section of the causeway where rebuilding is already well underway.
Construction will continue through the lockdown period as it is a permitted activity provide that the company ensure compliance with social distancing rules and covid secure work practices.
13 November – NYCC have have confirmed that they will be holding a communications event on Thursday, 3 December, from 2pm to 7pm, at Eggborough Village Hall.
Further information please visit: https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/a19-chapel-haddlesey