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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Main Street reopening date is pushed back into July

The opening of Cockermouth’s Main Street has been delayed after builders encountered a problem in the road.

The whole street was set to reopen to traffic at the end of June.

However, contractors Aggregate Industries have found further damage to the road foundations beyond what was anticipated.

Cumbria County Council now estimates that work will be pushed back by around two weeks and Main Street will reopen in the first half of July.

The section of Main Street, from Sullart Street to Station Street, has been closed since the beginning of March for a £1.7 million improvement scheme to help protect the town from flooding.

That part of the road will now reopen later this month.

A county council spokesman said: “The work in phase one of Main Street, from Sullart Street to Station Street, revealed that there was additional damage to the deep road foundations beyond what was originally indicated.

“This part of the road has needed a bigger fix than we anticipated.

“It has meant we are not going to be able to open this section to traffic until later in May rather than the first half of the month, as we had hoped.”

The setback comes weeks after the council announced that the street would be open by the end of June, before the busy summer holiday period.

The council spokesman said that the overall completion of the project remained on track for the end of August.

Andy Walsh, chairman of the town’s chamber of trade, said: “It’s a little bit disappointing to be delayed by two weeks, but in the bigger picture, once the first section is opened, it will make a huge difference. People coming into the town will feel it’s open.”

The council has issued its first newsletter on the roadworks, which has been distributed to residents and businesses.

A list of key milestones for the work over coming months are listed.

There will be no access to traffic on Main Street, from Station Street to Cocker Bridge, when the second phase starts.

The council will hold a drop-in session on the second phase from 2pm to 7.30pm on Wednesday at Cockermouth Town Hall.

Council officers will provide information on traffic management arrangements.

Have your say

Stop moaning every where has roadworks

Posted by Dave on 9 May 2014 at 07:58

did you enjoy your Easter break Denis??? so why deny the workers who are doing the road!!!

Posted by albert on 7 May 2014 at 12:50

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