St Mary's Street opens ahead of schedule
Bedford Borough Council is pleased to announce that St Mary’s
Street has fully reopened ahead of schedule following vital repair
The repair works started on Monday 3rd October after a ground
radar survey found the road was in serious danger of collapse due
to a lack of drainage on the eastern side of the carriageway.
In order to repair the road and install effective drainage
systems, the carriageway needed to be completely rebuilt with
traffic restrictions in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The traffic management and restrictions have now been removed
and the road has completely reopened in both directions. A final
Sunday closure will take place on November 27th to allow the last
remaining works to take place.
Councillor Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for the Environment
and Transport, said: “It is great news that this vital and
extremely challenging project has been finished ahead of
“When we realised that the road was collapsing we had to move
quickly to lay a new road and install the missing drainage. This
lack of drainage had caused problems for businesses and eroded away
the foundations of the carriageway making it unsafe.
“I would like to again take this opportunity to apologise for
the inconvenience caused to local residents, businesses and
motorists and give credit to everybody involved in this project for
getting Bedford back to business ahead of schedule with an
outstanding new improved road. New pavement works will now continue
for some weeks which will greatly enhance the area.”
The closure on Sunday 27th November is scheduled to last between
7am and 9pm.
Note: The car park on the corner of Duck Mill Lane and St Mary's
Street will be resurfaced during the week beginning the 28th
November. This work will require the car park to be closed, it is
expected to be completed before the end of the week.