Change of plan for roadworks on the A394 near Newham Farm, Helston

I have learnt in life, the best laid plans often change at the last-minute. In a previous post: Road to be closed for one night I described a solution that would remove the lights whilst the repairs to the carriageway carried on. This will now not happen.

The reason this plan will not happen is for a good reason. This good reason is because excellent progress has been made on the strengthening works on the Newham wall and Cormac are currently way ahead of programme. Cormac have informed the local councillors that with a concerted effort over the next 2 weeks, utilising additional shift patterns, Cormac can complete the initial phase of the works which will result in being 4-5 weeks ahead of where the work was expected to be. This would mean that all traffic management on the carriageway could be removed at this time.

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The scale of the works to repair the A394 near Newham Farm, Helston

In the previous blog post you will recall that following the site meeting held earlier in June an agreement was reached which involved placing steel barriers along the edge of the carriageway and removing the traffic controls over this coming weekend. It was also proposed to remove the road studs and centre line and move this further across the carriageway to even up the lane widths whilst the steel barriers were in place.

The combined cost of bringing the barriers to site, installing them (bolted into the carriageway) maintaining their presence and subsequently dismantling and removing them is in the region of over £20k. In light of the above programme acceleration and costs involved Cormac have reconsidered the previously agreed approach.

The bad news it is now proposed to retain the traffic control for two more weeks allowing the strengthening works to be completed. The controlled length where the traffic lights operate can however be reduced which will increase vehicle flows.

I appreciate this contradicts the previous plan, however, consider that the cost savings may outweigh the slight extension of time where traffic may be delayed. The restrictions will be lifted in two weeks’ time and well before the commencement of the peak school summer holiday and RNAS Culdrose Air Day. I understand people will be disappointed, but the work is near completion and the lights will be gone soon.

There is saying – don’t shoot the messenger…

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