Residents are being asked to give their views on the planned second phase of re-surfacing works on the A4103 due to start in May 2018. If you wish to comment, you may email Cllr Chowns, our Ward Councillor at firstname.lastname@example.org or respond directly to Mr. Clive Hall, Head of Highways and Community Services in Hereford, via the form within this letter Challenge Fund phase 2 letter FINAL. The Parish Council have received an extension on the date of their response so it may be discussed at the Parish Council meeting on the 13th February.
Email received from Mr. Hall, via Cllr Chowns:
“We may have to close the section from Hereford to Newtown Crossroads for a period to complete all works safely and to the required standard. This second phase of work is scheduled to begin in May 2018.
In Phase 1 we have used high quality surfacing materials with a lifespan of over twenty years, and will reduced the need for future maintenance. However […] the use of this material requires us to operate under a full road closure and we appreciate this brings with it disruption.
Following phase 1 we have carried out a lessons learned exercise with Balfour Beatty and this learning will inform delivery in phase 2. As a result we are seeking views on the method and timescale for the remaining works, particularly the nature of the proposed closures. We can move forward by:
- Undertaking works in a short, concentrated period of road closures (for example of up to 4 weeks) which may include some periods of 24 hour road closure to reduce the overall duration.
- Using a series of shorter road closures over a longer period of time (this could include, day time, night time closures or 24 hour closures), with the road being open for definite periods between each closure.
- Completing the works using materials that do not require substantial road closures. However the road surface would be less durable, potentially tripling the cost of maintaining these roads in the long term. Requiring us to return with roadworks sooner.
- Ceasing works on this project. This would require us to return the £5 million central government funding. The works completed to date would have to be paid from existing highway maintenance budgets and we would still have to be liable for the undertake works to maintenance of these roads from existing council budgets at some time.
We would very much appreciate your views on the above options.
Clearly when working on the A4103 between Hereford and Newtown Crossroads (by whatever means) traffic will be able to progress freely along the A4103 from Worcester to Newtown Crossroads and visa versa.
The decision re which of the above options will be taken forward to delivery, or not as the case may be, will be taken in early March. We will then seek to publicise details of our actual operations based on that decision.