Queen’s Road update – 29 January
Work to repair a damaged Victorian culvert in Newark has recommenced following delays caused by recent storms.
The repairs to the culvert on Queen’s Road had been delayed due to high water levels causing unsafe working conditions - a direct result of the many named storms that hit Nottinghamshire. High levels in the nearby River Trent meant the culvert was full of water, preventing work from taking place.
Conditions over the recent fortnight have improved enough for the water to be pumped out and the works, which involved laying new pipes into the culvert, to recommence.
Contractors are working on-site, and are planning to work weekends where possible, with the aim to complete the repairs and fully resurface the road by the end of February, subject to any further significant weather events.
Councillor Neil Clarke MBE, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “We’re pleased that the repairs at Queen’s Road are back underway and hope that the remainder of the project can be completed without any further delays.
“When working below ground in a confined space on a watercourse, particularly when there is a major river so close by, the safety of workers is paramount.
“It’s been frustrating that the weather has been against us, from the detailed investigations taking place in late summer, through to the impacts of Storm Henk early this month.
“Whilst we can’t guarantee that there won’t be more significant rainfall, we can let residents and road users know that we’re expecting the road to be resurfaced and opened by the end of February, and repair teams are working hard to make sure it happens.
“We understand the frustration that these delays have caused and thank people in the area for their patience.”