Angus Young: Closing a busy road for seven weeks is rubbing salt into the wounds
Angus Young: Off The Record ...
I appreciate there is never a good time to repair a road. For example, carrying out work in the winter months brings obvious potential problems.
I'm sure the process of allocating money in the budget cycles of local councils and the procurement timetable behind appointing contractors also play a part.
But I'm at a loss to explain the thinking behind the timing of next week's closure of the County Road flyover in west Hull.
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The route, which is part of the unofficial ring road around the city, is expected to be closed for seven weeks while repairs are carried out.
Yes, that's right – seven weeks.
So the main arterial road providing a link to large parts of west Hull and beyond is being closed at precisely the same time as restrictions remain in place in three main roads directly leading to and from it, namely Chanterlands Avenue, Bricknell Avenue and Hull Road in Cottingham thanks to ongoing work upgrading underground power supplies.
That work, which has been dragging on since June, isn't expected to be completed until December.
Spare a thought for the HGV drivers – many of them from distant corners of Europe – who normally service firms based in the industrial estates of National Avenue, which lies just around the corner from the flyover.
Unable to use Perth Street West because of the overhead railway bridge, their normal entry and exit route is via the flyover.
From Monday, it's either head up to Cottingham via the roadworks and the temporary traffic lights on Bricknell Avenue and the railway level crossing or head down Chanterlands Avenue via the roadworks and the temporary traffic lights.
Imagine all that during the school run.
There's also the small matter of Hull Fair looming on the horizon and, of course, in case you had forgotten, further towards the city centre another east-west route along Park Street is closed to traffic for another eight weeks for repairs.
To rub salt into the wounds of any driver like me who will have to negotiate all of this chaos between now and Christmas, we're being told it's all down to, er, salt.
Apparently years of salt being scattered on the flyover during winter gritting has corroded the concrete so much that it's on the point of collapse.
Maybe it's time to leave the car at home, get my bike out and take a leaf out of Bradley Wiggins's book instead.