The Sowerby Gateway Junction Improvement Scheme allows for the formation of an improved junction of the A168 and the B1448 to the south of Thirsk, with the addition of two new slip roads to permit all movement access to both the northbound and southbound carriageways of the A168.
The scheme is a requirement of the planning conditions imposed as part of the multi-use Sowerby Gateway development and has been designed in close consultation with both Highways England and North Yorkshire County Council. The works will offer improved connectivity to the residents of Thirsk and the surrounding area, whilst also reducing travelling time, increasing journey time reliability and improving safety. Initial works outside of the adopted highway started in the spring and the second phase of the scheme, which affects the main highway began this month (July).
In order to carry out the work safely, the existing northbound exit slip road and the southbound entry slip roads will be closed at the junction of the A168 and B1448 until early 2019.
The work is being undertaken by North Midland Construction and has been designed Pell Frischmann on behalf of Taylor Wimpey.
Sowerby Gateway Junction Work Update
Contractors have now completed the stone starter layers which sit below the proposed embankments on the northbound side of the A168, and the installation of the vertical drainage, which will aid consolidation of the embankments, is 90% complete. The embankment fill is programmed to follow this operation and will commence later this week for the next month. During this time, the B1448/A168 works access to the site may be blocked - which may lead to an increased number of wagons accessing the site via Thirsk.
Capping of the road formation and drainage works in the eastern section of the works, which will form the basis of the new roundabout and southbound on and off slip, continue to progress as programmed.
The public are asked to please be courteous and abide by the 50mph limit that has been put in place on the A168 whilst works are underway.
You can access all the Sowerby Gateway documents here.