£2.25m Truro city centre scheme to improve road and utility network
3:17pm Tuesday 11th September 2012 in News
A £2.25m scheme to improve the road and utility network to the east of Truro city centre is due to begin on Friday, September 21.
The works around Trafalgar Roundabout, Tregolls Road and Morlaix Avenue are aimed at improving traffic flow and access for pedestrians and cyclists, upgrade the road surface, support public transport and re-route vital utility pipes.
Trafalgar Roundabout is one of the busiest junctions in Truro carrying an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 vehicles each day.
“With a deteriorating road surface and upgrades planned by several utility companies, we have scheduled this work to take place at the same time as the road and junction improvements,” said Ian Pearne, group engineer for Cornwall Council.
“This will ensure disruption to motorists and local residents is kept to a minimum.
“The finished scheme will reduce congestion on the approaches to Trafalgar Roundabout, as well as provide greater security for pedestrians crossing the busy A39 to the north of the roundabout.”
The works, which are being carried out by CORMAC Solutions Ltd with Wales and West Utilities and South West Water, have been scheduled to take place mainly at night to avoid peak traffic periods. The 12 month scheme has also been planned to avoid key Truro events such as the City of Truro Carnival, Truro Half Marathon and the City of Lights parade, as well as late night Christmas shopping.
“As this work is taking place on one of the busiest commuter routes in Truro we appreciate that motorists and local residents will be concerned about potential disruption,” added Sam Ward from CORMAC Solutions Ltd.
“The majority of the works will take place between 7pm and 6.30am and we realise that residents may have concerns about noise levels. We have however, programmed the work with road users and residents in mind and the work has been structured so that the noise levels are greatly reduced from 11pm.
“We have talked to local residents about the scheme and during the works, members of the public are very welcome to visit our site office to talk about any concerns they might have.”
South West Water’s Infrastructure Delivery Manager, Les Metcalfe said the firm South West Water will be replacing 298 metres of pipe workand it would be necessary to turn off customers’ water supply for short periods of time.
Affected customers wil be notified in advance.
As part of the works, a new pedestrian crossing will be built between the police station and the petrol station on Tregolls Road as well as a new right turn into Quay Street for buses travelling southbound on Morlaix Avenue.
For more information on the roadworks, including the timescales and frequently asked questions, visit www.cornwall.gov.uk/trafalgar