Friday, 21 October 2011

Temporary Speed Reduction During Safety Improvement Work On The B1050

A temporary 40 mph speed limit is being introduced on a section of the B1050 to improve safety and to allow riverbank strengthening work to be completed.

The surface of the road deteriorated because of the underlying soil conditions and the riverbank needs to be stabilised before repair and resurfacing work can be carried out between the Bridge Farm lay-by and the A1123 roundabout.

The undulating road and the existing 60 mph speed limit has caused problems for high sided vehicles passing on the narrow road and for drivers using the road at higher speeds. The lower speed limit is being introduced to help overcome the problems.

Steel piling is being installed to improve the stability of the bank and further improvement work to the riverside carriageway is planned in future years, subject to funding being available. Specialists are currently working to establish the best long term solution to prevent further failure of the road.