Parking surface improvement – Riverside Drive #dundeewestend

Earlier this year, I advised that a  positive by-product of the flooding defence works now nearing completion along Riverside Drive was that my request to have the long unmade parking area to the west of the above area would be properly surfaced for the first time, greatly increasing the amount of parking with a quality surface.
 
The council’s Head of Design & Property and City Engineer has now updated me :
 
“Half of the area has been surfaced with bituminous material and formally marked out as a car park providing 65 spaces within that area. This is in addition to the 26 spaces at the Bridgeview Café area. 
 
In the other half to the west, which is yet to be opened as a further overflow car park of a similar capacity, the surface is to be sub-base material as per the Yeaman Shore car park. If required in the future, the area to the west can be formally surfaced and marked out. 
The contractor is currently using the sub-base area to the west for storage and still has some finishing work to the sub-base to complete.”
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Litter bins – Riverside Drive

A resident recently advised :
 
“I live in the flats next to Tesco in Riverside Drive. Opposite my flat there is a car parking area with waste bins. 
 
The council workers clean this area almost every day and do a magnificent job, however their task is exacerbated by the gulls, who find it easy to pull waste from the bins while looking for food. The mess they make can be awful and really detracts from this beautiful area. 
A simple solution to this problem might be to replace the bin lids to ones that the gulls cannot dip in to, could this be given some consideration?”
 
I received a positive response from the council’s Head of Environment on raising this with hi, as follows :
 
“We have modified bins at the top of the Law and we are monitoring to see how successful they are and will look to provide a solution at Riverside.”

Temporary Traffic Order – A85 Riverside Drive

From the City Council :
 
Dundee City Council proposes to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 for the purpose of facilitating traffic management to allow works to sea wall.  The Order is expected to be in force for twenty six weeks from 12 June 2017.  Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months.
 
The effect of the Order is to prohibit temporarily all vehicular traffic in A85 Riverside Drive for (1) a prohibition of right turn from westbound lane into Riverside Approach and Barnetts garage and (2) prohibition of right turn from eastbound lane at Riverside Approach onto westbound lane.
 
Prohibitions will only be in place when required.
 
An alternative route will be available via (1) Riverside Drive and Riverside Avenue roundabout and (2) Riverside Drive and Tesco roundabout.
 
If you have any queries, please contact the Network Management Team, City Development Department, Dundee House, 50 North Lindsay Street, Dundee  DD1 1LS or phone 433082.

Temporary Traffic Order – Riverside Esplanade and Riverside Drive

From Dundee City Council :
 
Dundee City Council proposes to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 for the purpose of facilitating construction works.  The Order is expected to be in force for 33 weeks from 2 April 2017.  Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months.
 
The effect of the Order is to prohibit temporarily all westbound vehicular traffic in the nearside lane of both Riverside Esplanade and Riverside Drive from a point 125 metres or thereby from the end of the Tay Road Bridge west off ramp for a distance of 410 metres or thereby to a point 75 metres or thereby along Riverside Drive.
 
After a period of 8 weeks lane closure will be reduced to an overall length of 290 metres or thereby.  Lane closure will then progress for a further period of 10 weeks to allow external works to be completed along North boundary.  Lane closure will then be removed for a period of 7 weeks.  Lane closure (290 metres or thereby) will recommence to allow installation of precast to elevation on building B and completion of road at main entrance for a period of 8 weeks.
 
No alternative route is required.
 
If you have any queries, please contact the Network Management Team, City Development Department, Dundee House, 50 North Lindsay Street, Dundee  DD1 1LS or phone 433275.

Improvements at the Riverside area

I am pleased to report a number of proposed improvements in the Riverside area to the road surface and parking situation as follows :
 
+ Parking improvement :  On Monday evening, the council’s City Development Committee agreed to a waiting restrictions at the parking area near the Bridgeview Station Restaurant.    This will restrict parking to 2 hours meaning the car park will be used for people using the playing fields and visiting the restaurant and stop all-day parking.    I have long campaigned for this at the request of the football pitch users and residents who are patrons of the restaurant.
 
An additional disabled bay will be provided and the long unmade parking area to the west will remain without parking restriction.
 
It will not be possible to undertake the change until after the new flooding defence works take place in the summer.
 
+ Surface improvement 1 :  A positive by-product of the flooding defence works in the summer is that my request to have the long unmade parking area to the west of the above area will be properly surfaced for the first time, greatly increasing the amount of parking with a quality surface.
 
+ Surface improvement 2 :   The surface in front of the nearby Riverside Pavilion on the north side of Riverside Drive has become very uneven again, with numerous potholes, including a large one at the entrance.       I raised this with the council’s Neighbourhood Services and the Projects and Development Manager has responded positively as follows :
 
“I have … arranged the entrance of the car park to addressed and we will look to fill in more of the larger pot holes.  … We are looking to do more works down at Riverside and are looking to put an item to Committee in the Spring.” 

Footbridges in the West End

Residents have raised with me the condition of the footbridges over the rail line at Magdalen Green (see right) and further west, south of Harris Academy.
 
I highlighted this with the City Council and the Team Leader, Bridges and Structures, advised :
 
“All bridges in Dundee are inspected on a two year cycle in accordance with the Code of Practice for the Management of Highway Structures.
The footbridge at Harris Academy was last inspected on 02 August 2016 following the first phase of planned maintenance works on the structure. These works ensured that the structure is safe to use through the replacement of deteriorated timber stair and deck elements. The second phase of maintenance works is repainting of metalwork and removal of graffiti from the piers. These were intended to be complete before the new term at Harris Academy commenced but are in abeyance pending granting of suitable overnight rail possessions from Network Rail. We have meetings this morning to escalate the painterwork project and close out for site start as soon as possible.
The footbridge at Magdalen Green was last inspected on 27 July 2016. The bridge is in a safe condition for users, however I do agree that its appearance is less than desirable. The nature of its construction mean that effective, long term treatment to the deck concrete and steelwork are not considered economically viable for this structure, particularly with pressures elsewhere on the Capital Budget. However, I can investigate the potential for cosmetic painting through the Criminal Justice Team (assuming Network Rail would permit this during daytime working) although this would deal only with the internal faces of the bridge steelwork and do little to protect against corrosion.”
 
I then further asked about capital improvements to the bridges and the Head of Design & Property and City Engineer has since advised :
 
“There is currently an allowance of £550k in 2020/21 in the Capital Plan for bridgeworks and Magdalen Green footbridge is one of the higher priority bridge projects being considered against this funding. Depending on the scheme adopted, replacement costs are likely to higher than the £550k and other funding may need to found.”
 
I am anxious to see capital improvements as soon as funding can be found but meantime have asked for paint work to be undertaken.