TWO major construction projects on a Bridlington country lane are on target for completion in the coming months.
Work began at the end of July on a 16 week project to lay a higher capacity gas main along one and a half miles of Woldgate, the narrow country lane and old Roman Road running from Bessingby Hill in Bridlington cross country to Kilham village.
Northern Gas Networks say replacing an existing 12 inch main with a bigger 19 inch main will enable it to cope with increased demand from new developments in Bridlington.
It has meant the closure of Woldgate a through road with diversions operating along the B1253 Easton Road through Boynton and Rudston.
High-tech pipe laying techniques have been used to make the operation as quick as possible.
A specialist multi toothed trench digging machine machine has been steadily making its way toward the Bridlington end of Woldgate.
It is followed by the laying of sections of new mains heat welded together on site, which are then laid in the trench and then infilled and covered over, almost in a continuous process.
Northern Gas Networks say they are hopeful the project will be completed ahead of schedule and the road can be fully opened sooner than anticipated.
Access has been maintained to several businesses trading near to the Bridlington end of the road.
In a separate project, East Riding of Yorkshire Council began work on June 6 on a new £1.4 million traveller’s site at the Bridlington end of Woldgate to replace the existing 30 year old site on the opposite side of the road.
Major groundworks expected to be completed shortly, surface work will follow and the council said the scheme is still on schedule for completion early next Spring.
The final phase will include the complete clearance and landscaping of the existing traveller site and former household waste site.
The project is 100% government funded and the new site which will have 22 pitches, four more than at present, a warden’s block, five-space car park and 11 single-storey, semi-detatched amenity blocks to provide each pitch with a bathroom and kitchen facility.
The council say it is needed because the old site is no longer fit for purpose and can’t be economically maintained.