Thursday, 27 March 2014

Torrisholme Road to be closed for three days for Link Road work

Lancashire County Council has announced Torrisholme Road and Lancaster Road will be closed completely to vehicle traffic from 8.00am Monday 7th April to 6.00am Thursday 10th April, between Russell Drive and 179 Torrisholme Road (by Lancaster & Morecambe College entrance). 

Following on from the initial works to divert a 12" and 7" water main out of Torrisholme Road in February, United Utilities will be returning to undertake the final stages and testing of the water main diversion work connections which will require 24-hour road closure of the B5321 Torrisholme Road/Lancaster Road.

The closure comes after engineers discovered the water main that was planned to be diverted to make way for the bridge was actually located in the middle of Torrisholme Road and not nearer the footpath as plans suggested. This meant the water main diversion was unable to be undertaken under a single lane closure as originally planned, which consequently would have kept Torrisholme Road open to traffic and alleviated the need for a full road closure.

“There was never an intention to fully close Torrisholme Road," commented Costain Project Manager Andrew Langley, "other than when the beams for the new bridge over Torrisholme Road were due to be installed.

“We apologise that the exact location of the water main was not fully known until we dug up the road itself, which meant that we could not share this information at the public exhibitions held in February this year," he added.

"The decision to carry-out this work over the college and school holidays was taken after listening to locals who experienced delays during the last full closure”.

Pedestrian and cycle access will remain open throughout. Advance notification signs will be erected on Torrisholme Road & Lancaster Road.

• If in doubt check about roadworks associated with the Link Road construction,for all planned road works www.lancashire.go.uk/heysham or follow the project on twitter @heysham_link for regular updates

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