Busy Hull road to close for cycle path improvements
A busy road in Hull is set to close from Friday night while engineers install new cyclist sensors.
The works, which are part of the multi-million-pound Stoneferry Corridor project, will affect the road entries into Maxwell Street, Woodhall Street and Morley Street.
This follows wide-spread criticism of Hull City Council after roadworks caused several major roads to become gridlocked on more than one occasion.
A spokesperson for Hull City Council says the works will improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
The smart technology will cause studs to illuminate, providing motorists and pedestrians with an indicator of when a cyclist is on the footway or crossing a road.
The work is expected to improve traffic flow, reducing congestion by up to 50%, and cutting down accidents by at least 40% within the next 15 years.
Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for economic investment, regeneration and planning, said:
“Installing smart technology will not only help improve safety, but we hope that it will also encourage more commuters to take up walking and cycling as an active form of transport.
“In order to do this work we are undertaking these road closures during the evening to try and minimise disruption to motorists, and we ask that you bear with us for these short-term closures, as we aim to improve the road network for the long-term benefits.
“Businesses and residents in the area have been informed and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
Overnight work will take place in Maxwell Street from tonight until Monday, from 7pm to 5am each night, and on Morley Street from Friday, May 21 to Monday, May 24.
The full scheme is jointly funded by the Hull and East Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Hull City Council, and is scheduled to complete by spring 2022.