Torrisholme Road has closed for Heysham to M6 link road work – or should that be ‘Torisholme’ Road?
The area between Russell Drive and 179 Torrisholme Road (by the college entrance) will be shut to traffic until 6am on Thursday (April 10) so water main diversion connections can be tested.
Costain Project Manager Andrew Langley said: “There was never an intention to fully close Torrisholme Road other than when the beams for the new bridge over Torrisholme Road were due to be installed.”
“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 the 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.
“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. 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.
A spokesman for road builders Costain said they had spotted the spelling mistake on their signs and had replaced most of them, but one had been missed. It will now be corrected.