Major city centre works now complete
George Street, including North Bridge, has reopened to motorists following a two week closure.
During this time, Northern Gas Networks carried out critical gas infrastructure repair works were carried out to a 36 metre long gas main across George Street.
Hull City Council also carried out works to North Bridge, and improvements to traffic signals in Witham.
A spokesperson for the council said that these concurrent works “mean that at least ten days of additional traffic disruption has been avoided.”
But locals have repeatedly criticised the council for choosing to carry out road works as lockdown restrictions begin to ease and people return to the roads.
Several major roads in Hull city centre were said to be gridlocked during the works.
In response, the council paused a number of other works, and asked motorists to consider staggering journeys, or utilising other modes of transport.
Work to significantly improve traffic signals at the junction of Clarence Street and Great Union Street also took place this week.
The work formed part of a Highways England funded grant to improve the surrounding road network of the A63.
Andy Burton, assistant director for Streetscene at Hull City Council, said:
“We are pleased that these crucial works have now been completed and the road has been fully reopened.
“The work that is currently taking place on the city’s roads is essential and we try to ensure that we minimise disruption as much as possible.
“In this instance, we paused works in Woodhall Street, which is part of the Stoneferry Corridor scheme, so that the works to North Bridge could be completed.
“We understand the frustrations about the impact these works are having and apologise for the inconvenience they are causing.
“Whilst we appreciate it is very difficult, motorists are asked to stagger journey times if they can, allow more time for travel across the city and bear with us as these essential works take place to ensure public safety and improve Hull’s roads in the long-term.”