We needed to undertake some deep road repairs on the A64 trunk road single carriageway, which required the full closure of the road to allow the deep reconstruction pavement works to be undertaken. This could not be undertaken using overnight closures.
We understood that closing the A64 for three weekends with the associated diversion of trunk road traffic onto local roads would cause disruption, and planning the work over three consecutive weekends was difficult.
When looking at how best to programme these works, our planning team took into account the October half-term school holiday period and the local Pickering War Weekend when many visitors with caravans were expected in the local area.
Mindful of the impact on these events to the local economy, we planned the work with designers and programmed the work with sub-contractors to avoid the need for consecutive weekends, and to avoid the two weekends of half-term and the weekend of the local event. This included separating some work out that could be undertaken overnight during the week.
Furthermore, to explain the need for the works and the decisions around the planned closures in terms of programming, we worked with the client to create a A5 leaflet explaining the decision-making and consideration that had been put in to making these decisions to minimise disruption, thus, presenting a caring apprentice. Then we distributed these around the local community to avoid their understanding of the work being undertaken and the impact on them.