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Works planned for Kitts Green Road

I’ve just received notice that part of Kitts Green Road is set to be resurfaced, in the next phase of upgrades and repairs to our local roads network.

Work on resurfacing the stretch of road that runs from Lea Village roundabout to The Meadway is expected to start during the week ending 1 March 2013 and will take up to ten nights to complete. The team have to work on this road at night because it would cause congestion or access problems if it were to be closed during the day. They will endeavour to keep noise to a minimum but inevitably the work will cause some disruption.

Whilst surfacing operations are being carried out the section of road affected will be entirely closed to ALL traffic. If you require access for medical/personal reasons, please contact 0121 303 6644 (option 2), to discuss how access can be arranged. Pedestrian access will be maintained as well as access for emergency vehicles.

The team also need to ensure that vehicles are not parked on the road during these hours. Any cars left on the road will be removed by the City Council Parking Enforcement Team, which could include a cost to the owner. They will help you with access where possible if you contact them prior to the works starting, by calling 0121 303 6644 (option 2).

Meadway to be resurfaced

The Meadway is set to be resurfaced at the beginning of February, in the latest phase of the roads maintenance and repair programme.

Resurfacing of the carriageway between the junctions with Kitts Green Road and Garretts Green Lane is due to start in the week ending 8 February 2013.  The work will take place at nights, between 7pm and 6am and should take around 15 days to complete.

Whilst surfacing operations are being carried out the section of road affected will be entirely closed to ALL traffic. If you require access for medical/personal reasons, could you please contact 0121 303 6644 (option 2), to discuss how access can be arranged. Pedestrian access will be maintained as well as access for emergency vehicles.

Street Works round-up

I’ve just had details of the street works planned for various locations across the Ward over the next few weeks:

Carriageway resurfacing – Berrowside Road and Bradley Road
This is scheduled to take place in the week ending 11 January.  The work will last for up to five days and will take place between the hours of 8am and 6pm.  Both roads will be closed to traffic while the work is underway, but pedestrian and emergency vehicle access will be retained.

If you have any questions about how these works may affect you, or if you have any special access requirements, please call the Highways team on 0121 303 6644 and request Option 2.  They will be happy to assist you.

Tree removals
Work will take place over the next three weeks to remove the following:

Laburnum tree outside 383 Heath Way.  The Council will replace the tree with a younger, healthier tree of an appropriate species for the location.  The replacement tree will be planted during the winter planting season of October – March. This is the best time to plant young trees and gives them the best chance of survival.

Dead Hawthorn tree outside 399 The Radleys.  This will also be replaced with an appropriate tree during the winter planting season.

Why do they keep closing Cole Hall Lane?

That’s a question that I and a number of residents have been asking recently! 

Over the past year, we’ve had several closures of this busy road.  It was shut for a protracted period whilst the new bridge was installed, but since then we’ve had further closures to enable repairs and resurfacing work.  Many people have rightly questioned why all this work wasn’t done in one fell swoop, in order to minimise the inconvenience.

I took the matter up with Amey, the contractor who handle highways maintenance on behalf of the Council and their reply is below.  Let me know if you have any comments!

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  Amey
Project Office
3rd Floor Colmore Plaza
20 Colmore Circus
Birmingham
B4 6AT

27th June 2012

Dear Councillor Cotton

Road Closure – Cole Hall Lane

 Thank you for your enquiry following your concerns regarding the road closures for works on Cole Hall Lane, and I apologise for our delay in responding while this was investigated.

The first closure was before the Birmingham Highways Maintenance and Management Services contract where works were carried out to the bridge over the river Cole.

Cole Hall Lane is quite a long road and some sections of the carriageway were in a worse condition than others. The priority for each section was decided by their needs hence one section was resurfaced between 1st June 2011 and 30th November 2011, and the second section has just been completed.

Unfortunately, with these longer roads, it isn’t always possible to close the road for a longer period and carry out all the works at one time as the different sections are subject to different wear and tear and so degrade at a different rate.  Decisions also have to be taken regarding traffic management and diversions, if whole roads are closed sometimes this causes more inconvenience to more people for a longer period.

I can confirm that the 3rd road closure has taken place and all works are now completed, and thank you for your patience as we strive to improve the City’s road network.

Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention and if you have any further queries or require more information from Amey please contact us via the Birmingham City Council contact centre on 0121 303 6644 or email highways@birmingham.gov.uk .

Yours sincerely

 

Laura Cook
Customer Services Manager
Amey Birmingham Highways Limited

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