Tuesday, 6 January 2009
Southgate corridor works possible delay?
I understand that the works to the junction of Sparhawk Street and Honey Hill will commence as planned on 12th January, but there is a potential problem with the timing of the St Mary's Square/Southgate Street junction section shown above. Anglian Water's emergency sewer repair works in Tayfen Road in late November have not fully resolved the problems there, and they are planning to investigate this matter further starting on the 12th - which will involve another road closure!
Given the health implications of this issue it is understandably being given priority over other works in the town, and in view of the significant effect that the closure of Tayfen Road has on traffic movements, Suffolk County Council will not permit any other works which will impact on the major road network until Tayfen Road is operating as normal again. The necessary closure of Southgate Street involves diverting traffic onto Cullum Road
Whilst the Honey Hill/Sparhawk Street work can be started on time, because of the short diversion route via Honey Hill/Swan Lane, it is impossible to say when SEBC will be able to proceed with the Southgate Street element. All being well they can move straight onto it after Sparhawk Street, but all officers can promise is that they will undertake it as soon as possible after all the problems in the Tayfen Road area are resolved.