Highways maintenance work continues

Barnsley Council's Highways and Engineering team have been working hard on several vital works during the lockdown imposed because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

With the public encouraged to stay at home, the roads have been quiet which allowed the team to bring forward key maintenance projects as well as other essential works which would usually cause disruption and service delays at a cost to the council and residents.

The team implemented a number of safety measures following guidance from the Department for Transport (DfT), including social distancing, the use of disposable PPE, full-fitting face masks, lone travelling and the stationing of addition welfare unit vans on site.

Over the last two months, Highways and Engineering have delivered three major schemes and one minor scheme.

Major schemes:

- Bearings and expansion joints replacement at Highgate Railway Bridge.

- Parapets, safety barriers and expansion joints replacement at Langdale Road Bridge.

- Vehicle restraint system replacement and refurbishment at Sheffield Road subway.

Minor works:

- Pedestrian parapets with railings replacement at Pogmoor Road.

The scheme to strengthen the Little Don Trail Bridge and replace the parapets is still ongoing but is expected to be completed soon.

Works on Darfield River Bridge to re-waterproof and replace the expansion joints remain upcoming.

Councillor Chris Lamb, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place (Environment and Transport), said: "I would like to thank all members of the Highways and Engineering team for their hard work during what has been a difficult time.

"They have shown a willingness to adapt to the unique and challenging circumstances they have found themselves in and have done a magnificent job in remaining fully functional despite the obstacles faced.

"Bringing forward these works has saved future disruption as we expect the roads to become busier as lockdown restrictions are eased, and people begin to return to work."

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