West Hull drivers vent anger over County Road delays as roadworks start
DRIVERS are angry over the amount of roadworks in west Hull.
A seven-week programme of repairs started on the County Road flyover yesterday, causing huge delays.
County Road North is closed to through traffic between Priory Road and National Avenue.
But the diversions led people to further roadworks in Bricknell Avenue and Chanterlands Avenue.
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One concerned grandfather, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Mail: "My daughter has just moved to National Avenue and she has a four-year-old girl.
"It took her an hour and a half to take her daughter to school, which is normally a 15-minute journey.
"She says she will have to walk her to school but the weather is awful."
People have been venting their frustration on the Mail's Facebook page.
Mike Smith said: "It's the flyover, then roadworks, putting in cable down Bricknell Avenue, then we have Chanterlands Avenue to endure. It's going to be bad for a few weeks."
Sam Green added: "It took me 50 minutes from Priory Road to Greenwood Avenue, which normally takes ten minutes. Thwaite Street is already bad and then County Road traffic to add to it. Bonkers."
Vehicle access for residents and businesses will be maintained and the bridge remains open for pedestrians and cyclists.
This year, the city council has decided to carry out most of its scheduled repairs and maintenance work ahead of the winter months to avoid possible disruption from the weather.
Graham Hall, assistant head of transport and asset management, said: "Hull City Council apologises for the inconvenience to road users during these works but the safety of drivers and pedestrians is paramount.
"The works to County Road North are needed to be completed urgently to prevent further deterioration of the bridge over the rail track.
"The roadworks in Chanterlands Avenue have been suspended with Northern Power Grid until the County Road North works have been completed."
Councillor Martin Mancey, portfolio holder for transport, wants to avoid a repeat of previous years when money allocated for highways work remained unspent at the end of the financial year.
He said: "I am quite pleased people have noticed we are actually getting on with the work.
"The application of road salt has a detrimental effect on bridges generally and in this case the reinforced concrete supporting the bridge has become contaminated following many years of winter gritting."
Meanwhile, East Yorkshire has been hit by torrential rain and strong winds, causing further traffic problems.
The Met Office has issued a flood alert for the region, while the Environment Agency put a flood warning in place for Bridlington because of high tides and strong onshore winds.
Properties in Harbour Road and the Floral Pavilion were described as being at particular risk.
The agency is urging road users to drive with extra care.
A spokesman said: "Drivers are advised to plan their journeys before setting out, check the weather and traffic conditions, leave extra time for their journeys if travel conditions are poor and delay their journey if the weather becomes severe."
The wet weather is set to remain this morning but should become drier later in the day but it will remain windy.
The wind and rain is expected to ease up as the week progresses.