County Highways met with George Wimpey homes last week to discuss the imminent work on Rawreth Lane to undertake drainage work around the Priory Chase development (St Nicholas School and Rayleigh Leisure Centre). The work is programmed to start next week (13/11/06).
After discussions, County Highways Officers are hopeful for a significant change in the original proposals so that the works duration together with disruption to the public is considerably reduced. They are at present awaiting the final scheme duration details from George Wimpey but they are expecting it to be nearly half of the original proposal. They are also hopeful to amend the work patterns so again, whilst the contractor undertakes the work, impact will be kept to the minimum possible.
There will be periods of 2-way traffic signals as well as 3-way signals when crossing the new junction but there will also now be some work undertaken with no traffic management at all (other than slight localised road narrowings allowing 2-way flow). Signals will be manned during peak flow periods and the contractors are anticipating to work 7 days a week when affecting live highway.
Following this drainage work, there will be further carriageway work which ECC Highways are awaiting further details on. All this work will cause an element of disruption but they will endeavour to keep it as minimal as possible.