The new road surface is excellent and it was good to be advised earlier today that the disabled parking bays for residents have been repainted.
The residents of Thomson Street have shown great patience through months of disruption and will be relieved to see the road upgraded and back open permanently.
Dundee City Council proposes to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 for the purpose of facilitating carriageway resurfacing works. The Order is expected to be in force for 15 days from 25 April 2011. Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months.
The effect of the Order is to prohibit temporarily all vehicular traffic in Thomson Street for its entire length.
Pedestrian thoroughfare is maintained and vehicular access to premises will be maintained where possible.
An alternative route will be available via Perth Road/Windsor Street/Magdalen Yard Road.
Please forward any comments you may have regarding this proposal to the Network Management Team, City Development Department, Tayside House, Crichton Street, Dundee, no later than five working days prior to the commencement date.
If you have any queries please contact the City Council on Dundee 433162.
As the Tele reports, I have paid tribute to the patience of residents over months of disruption.
Although there will be a 10 day further closure at the end of April to allow for road resurfacing works, it will mean that the current poor road surface, full of patches where the road has been dug up,will be properly renewed.
Over past months, I have been raising numerous residents’ concerns during the road closure due to the Scottish Water and then Scotland Gas Networks (SGN) works – these concerns covering the delays in the work being completed and other issues such as bin collections.
Given that works on the roadway started way back on 23rd August, residents have been extremely patient during what has been many months of road closure. I am therefore hoping that when the remaining work concludes, Thomson Street can get back to normality.
It is important that the road is properly resurfaced and I have also sought assurances that disabled parking bays will be properly renewed for residents after the road is resurfaced.
The City Engineer has advised me :
“SGN complete and road open by 11 March 2011
6 week period to allow settlement to take place
Surfacing works by Tayside Contracts 25 April 2011
Works will take up to 10 days”
“… there was no access to part of Thomson Street on Monday 21/2/11 due to further road works. We made arrangements to uplift all bags presented at collection time and we will return again later in the week. For information we have the same problem at part of Shepherds Loan and we will revisit later in the week.”
After many months of road closure due to Scottish Water then Scotland Gas Networks works, as reported in today’s Courier, I have welcomed an update the City Council has given me that Thomson Street is scheduled to re-open to through traffic in around three weeks’ time.
This project has taken longer than planned and the residents have suffered many months of no through traffic and parking difficulties. It is good to see the works now coming towards an end and the street returning to normality.
“Thomson Street – now to remain closed until end of February 2011”
Given that the residents have now seen their road closed since 23rd August, firstly by Scottish Water work then works by Scotland Gas Networks, I queried the matter with Scotland Gas Networks (the work was originally to have been completed last month). The response from SGN is :
“Progress on site has been slower than we estimated due to the presence of rock below the ground surface, other utility apparatus and the difficulties in laying a large diameter gas pipe down a very narrow street. The severe winter weather at the end of November has also resulted in a 2 week shutdown on site and generally slowed things down e.g. we must now clear snow to allow our works to progress in a safe manner.
The site works will close down on Wednesday 22nd December 2010 for the Festive period and resume on Wednesday 5th January, 2011.
I can confirm that letters will be delivered to residents to advise them of the revised completion date.”
Whilst I think everyone appreciates the difficulties facing the contractor in the current weather conditions and there have also clearly been technical challenges too, I have asked Scotland Gas Networks to make every effort to get the roadworks finished and the road reopened as early as possible into the New Year.
The City Council has given me a commitment that the road will not be left long term with a patchworks of filled in holes and an uneven surface caused by the extensive works and the road will later be resurfaced properly – although at least 4-6 weeks after the pipes work is complete to ensure that any settlement is evident before resurfacing takes place.
“Thomson Street will run for a further six weeks from the original end date. This is due to a combination of weather conditions and unforseen operational difficulties.
Park Place will run for a further two weeks from the original end date. Again this is due to weather conditions and unforseen operational difficulties.”
Whilst all accept it is reasonable to expect some delay given the weather conditions, I am speaking with the City Council and Scotland Gas Network’s contractor regarding the lengthy delay at Thomson Street.
I am pleased to have received a commitment from Dundee City Council that it will ensure Thomson Street will be fully resurfaced following the road being dug up for works by Scottish Water and Scotland Gas Networks.
I approached the City Council on behalf of residents to get assurances that the “patchwork” road surface that will be left by weeks of work would be properly reinstated and have been advised by the City Engineer as follows :
“We have agreed with Turriff Contractors that it would be best to delay the surfacing works until early next year as we have concerns that there may be some subsidence of the gas main trench infill material and this will give the material time to settle and any subsidence to become evident. Turriff Contractors are proposing to make the road safe such as to be able to reopen the road and allow it to be trafficked in advance of the delayed resurfacing works.
Dundee City Council are then to carry out the resurfacing of this road, in conjunction with both Scottish Water and Turriff Contractors who are to provide contributions equal to the cost of any permanent reinstatements they are required to carry out. We are sorry for any further inconvenience this may cause the residents but ultimately we are seeking to protect them from further distruption that may be caused by failure of the trench reinstatements.
The final works in the new year will involve a 100mm plane out and resurface. The works will require a 10 day closure.”
Although the resurfacing will not take place until into the New Year for the reasons given, I am reassured to learn that a commitment has been given that the road will be properly reinstated as it has seen substantial digging up since the summer.
As reported in this morning’s “Courier”, I have expressed concern on behalf of residents about delays to the completion of works on Thomson Street that have resulted in the road’s closure since August.
The work has been undertaken by Scottish Water (a new water main – this work was undertaken first – starting 23rd August and was scheduled to take until around 19th September) and now Scotland Gas Networks (a gas renewal scheme, to start immediately Scottish Water complete their work. SGN’s gas renewal scheme was scheduled to take until 14th November).
Following residents expressing concern to me that work seemed to be behind schedule, I raised the issue with Scotland Gas Networks’ contractor and has received the following response :
“The original dates are only a best estimate for these types of works, as we never know what we are going to encounter when we dig a hole. Originally we were supposed to be into Thomson Street around w/c 13/09/10. Due to Scottish Water running a few weeks late we started on Monday 27/10/10 and are now into week six of our 12 week estimation. All going well we should be complete middle of December, if there is to be any change we will keep you informed in due course.”
I am concerned to learn about the delays to completing the works, particularly as the road has now been closed for months and there’s been considerable inconvenience to residents in terms of access, parking and servicing such as bin collections and deliveries. It is really important that this work is completed as soon as possible given this.
The City Council has asked the contractor to provide signage in the area as soon as possible to indicate the revised completion date of the works.
* The length of the road closure – Residents have asked why the closure length is so long at any given time (about 100 metres) when not all of that length is being worked on. The City Council has advised me :
“The contractor is trying to balance the inconvenience to residents with completing work as swiftly as possible, hence barriering of the whole 100m sections to avoid any delay in moving parked cars or tracking down owners, some of which may not even be Thomson Street residents.”
However, the council further advises that the contractor does appreciate the problems faced by residents and is pleased to speak with any resident further about the matter.
* Bins collection – The Waste Management Department has advised me as follows :
Our engineers will use the latest slip-lining method, in order to keep disruption to a minimum. Slip-lining involves easing the new durable, plastic pipe into the existing water main, which in itself provides a robust outer protection.
In order to keep traffic disruption to a minimum, we will only be working one section at a time. The letter below has been sent to local residents and further notices will be sent regarding the planned interruptions to supply :Dear Customer,
Further to my letter dated 29th July 2010, I am writing to you as promised with an update on the work to replace the water mains in Thomson Street.
How this affects you
Work is planned to start on 23rd August and last for approximately 4 weeks. During this time it will be necessary to close Thomson Street to allow all work to be carried out as safely as possible. Work will be carried out in 3 sections and access will be maintained for 2 of the 3 sections of Thomson Street at any one time.
Work at section 1 will start on 23rd August followed by sections 2 and 3. Details of each of the 3 sections are as follows:
• Section 1 – Top of Thomson Street to 22/24a Thomson Street
• Section 2 – 22/24a Thomson Street to 46d Thomson Street
• Section 3 – 46d Thomson Street to Bottom of Thomson Street
Each section will take approximately 10 days to complete and an interruption to your water supply is required to connect your property to the new water main. Please be aware that the duration of each section may change depending on the progress of the work.
What do you need to know
Due to the nature of the water network, some properties will require more than 1 interruption. You will be given 48hrs notice of any supply interruptions.
Working hours will be Monday to Friday 07.30 to 18.00 hrs. No weekend working is anticipated at this stage.
Our contractor Morrison Construction will also assist with bin collections for each section when it is closed for our work. Bins should be taken out as normal where Morrison Construction will assist with moving bins to appropriate areas for collection.
Ally Mitchell from Morrison Construction will be available during working hours to provide assistance and can be contacted on 07809 530642. Any out of hours issues, please call our Customer Helpline detailed below.
We will make all reasonable efforts to minimise disruption.
We would like to thank you for your understanding and cooperation while we complete these essential works. If you have any questions or requirements about Scottish Water or the project, please call our Customer Helpline on 0845 601 8855 quoting reference “Capital/400797/MRN”
Dundee City Council propose to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 for the purpose of facilitating water and gas mains replacement works . The Order is expected to be in force for eighteen weeks from 23 August 2010 . Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months.
The effect of the Order is to prohibit temporarily all vehicular traffic in Thomson Street from Perth Road to Magdalen Yard Road.
Access for residents will be maintained where possible.
An alternative route will be available via Perth Road , Windsor Street and Magdalen Yard Road.
Please forward any comments you may have regarding this proposal to the Network Management Team, City Development Department, Tayside House, Crichton Street , Dundee , no later than five working days prior to the commencement date. If you have any queries please contact the City Council on 433082.
* This morning, along with councillor colleagues, I had a very useful meeting with the Waste Management Department and the Environmental Health & Trading Standards Department about the problems of refuse presentation at various locations. This gave the opportunity to raise issues in specific streets in the West End where residents have complained about poor refuse presentation or wheelie bins being left out on the street permanently. The officers present gave very useful updates on their various initiatives to help tackle this problem, that is a source of many complaints from constituents.
* Further to Tavish Scott’s visit to Dundee yesterday, you can read the article about this in today’sPress and Journal by going to http://tinyurl.com/tavishpandj.
* I recently asked for additional grit bins for the north end of Thomson Street and the top end of Tait’s Lane. I am pleased to advise that the City Engineer updated me this morning as follows :
He has now put bungs in and says this should hopefully sort things out. Fingers crossed …