A major upgrade that promises to completely transform Hull moves into an important new phase this month.
Before work can begin on the new underpass and junction upgrade for the A63 Castle Street scheme, a large sewer pipe spanning more than half a metre in diameter needs to be moved.
This next stage will bring about a change to the way the Mytongate roundabout is used. On Saturday 13 March and Sunday 14 March a layout alteration will prevent right-hand turns for traffic approaching the roundabout from all directions (A63 eastbound and westbound, Ferensway and Commercial Road). Drivers travelling along Ferensway and Commercial Road won’t be able to continue straight ahead.
Access to Myton Street from the A63 has also been closed with alternative access from Ferensway, Osborne Street and Waterhouse Lane. The sewer work is being carried out by Yorkshire Water and Highways England is working closely with the utility firm on this next major step.
Highways England project manager Bernice Beckley said: “We are now entering a significant new phase of the scheme. I appreciate everyone’s patience while we make these changes to the road layout, and we will endeavour to minimise disruption.
“I appreciate road users will need to adjust to the new set-up, however the alterations will help us to progress the project, which has huge long-term benefits and will transform the way people travel around the city.”
Warning signs and diversions will be in place along with temporary traffic lights. This will be in place until the underpass has been built.
In order to move traffic on the A63 and work more during the daytime to minimise disruption for residents, pedestrians will no longer be able to cross the A63 at the existing controlled crossing at William Booth House and the Whittington and Cat pub.
From Monday 15 March pedestrian routes will be in place with crossing points at Porter Street and across the new Murdoch’s Connection, which opened to the public earlier this week.
The A63 Castle Street scheme will create a much better connection between the city centre and the retail and docks area. The major Highways England project will see the introduction of a new junction by lowering the level of the A63 at the Mytongate junction.
The scheme will support the city’s economic growth, improving journeys to and from the centre, and will help the Port of Hull to thrive.
For more information about the Castle Street scheme visit the Highways England website.