Glen Innes Severn Council has vowed to do everything possible to fast-track road works in Grey Street as soon as weather conditions improve.
Mayor Colin Price apologised to businesses and residents for the disruption to business currently being experienced.
He said it was most regrettable that the unexpected winter rainfall over the last weeks had delayed final works.
“Clearly no one could have anticipated that we would have such persistent rain while these road works are under way,” Councillor Price said.
“The weather is beyond our control.
“We conducted extensive planning to ensure these works could be completed with the least possible disruption to business and the Celtic Festival. The professional advice following test sampling did not predict the major drainage issue under the eastern lane, which became apparent only after excavation started.
“Our priority now is to ensure that work resumes as soon as the weather allows the crews to get back on the job. We are keen to start them now, but this work cannot be done until the roadway is dry – otherwise the job will not be done thoroughly and the road will have to be dug up again sometime in the future.
“We have our contractor on standby ready to finish work as soon as possible. It may, however, need up to a week of sunny weather before the surface is dry enough for works to recommence.
“In the meantime, I would ask business owners and customers to be understanding, in the knowledge that we want to finish this project as quickly as they do.”
Cr Price said he would shortly be visiting business owners along Grey Street to see if council can work with them to reduce the impact of the project.
Most of the businesses have rear access parking via Grover’s Lane or Innes Lane and pedestrian access has been maintained to the business frontages. Council is encouraging shoppers to actively continue using the Grey Street businesses.
“We are here to help our businesses – that is why we undertook these road works in the first place,” Cr Price said.
“We want to ensure Grey Street is in the best possible condition so we can encourage more business and give customers the best possible experience. In the long term these road works will improve business, but now we just need a break in the weather so we can resume work.”
The roadworks on Grey St are getting even further behind with the wet weather
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