Roman Road roadworks update 03/11/21

Published Wednesday 3 November 2021 at 13:22

Change to Traffic Management – Roman Road, Blackburn

As many people will have noticed, on Tuesday United Utilities (UU) changed the traffic management at Roman Road, Blackburn to multi way signals.

This caused extreme disruption in the area, particularly with the signals on Blackamoor Road for the junction tie in works further compounding this.

This was done without prior warning to allow the Council to determine any mitigating measures such as manual control of the signals to ease pressure on the network. UU assure us this will be in place today (Wednesday) and the Council will be monitoring closely and intervene if required.

Current traffic levels through the borough are generally good, with only a couple of hot spots for Ewood and Roman Road.  Works at Ewood were scheduled to complete by Sunday but looking to have them cleared early, just in time for tonight’s game at Ewood Park.

The reason for UU having to implement temporary signals is the discovery of further damage to Roman Road, which was caused as a result of the mains burst last Friday evening. This has been closed off for safety reasons with the damaged sections now being excavated and removed.

Works are currently expected to be completed by this Friday, however additional time may be required to repair the additional damage found.

The Council is focusing efforts on liaising with the various utilities currently undertaking works the South and West of the highway network to pull in additional resources to complete works in advance of their expected completion.

Roman Road has its own complexities due to the damage caused as a result of the mains burst which has caused extensive damage to the carriageway and footway. The latest update this morning is that the UU team on site found further damage which is being investigated. If the Roman Road burst hadn’t happened, there wouldn’t be any of the issues some are experiencing in the area.

We’ll keep you updated, we understand how frustrating this is and will do all we can within our power to get the traffic moving again as soon as possible.

During the works and beyond, journey planning by residents is essential – doing a quick check on prior to making journeys as it gives an immediate snapshot of any route and related traffic levels, to which you can determine alternative routes to take if required.

Read more about temporary traffic lights in BwD:

Temporary traffic lights: How utility companies are charged and what checks are taking place | Lancashire Telegraph

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