Work to improve Marsh Lane, Oxford, expected to last nine weeks

A nine week project to maintain and resurface a main route into Oxford will begin on Monday 24 January.

The roadworks at Marsh Lane, Oxford, will include resurfacing between the A40 Northern Bypass overbridge and Brookfield Crescent, kerb and footway repairs and drainage improvements.

Although there may be delays while the work is carried out, Oxfordshire County Council has designed the traffic management to minimise the impact on residents, businesses, and all road users.

Councillor Tim Bearder, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways Maintenance, said: “There has not been any structural maintenance of this road for many years and this work is necessary following considerable deterioration. Despite our efforts to minimise the impact, delays are likely throughout the works, so we would urge everyone to review their daily route, mode of transport and time of travel.

“Where possible, we would ask people to consider alternatives to driving such as using the bus, the park and rides, cycling, or walking.”

The £1 million project will be carried out in two phases:

  • Phase 1: Initial work is due to start on Monday 24 January and will last for six weeks. It will include kerb and footway repairs and drainage improvements. It will be carried out during the day under temporary traffic signals.
  • Phase 2: The main carriageway resurfacing is expected to start on Monday 7 March and will last for three weeks. This will be carried out in stages and will involve the closure of Marsh Lane, with signed diversion routes in place during this period. Work will be carried out from 7pm - 6am and Marsh Lane will be fully reopened to traffic outside of these periods.

Staff will be positioned at either end of the work to direct traffic and pedestrians to ensure the safety of the public and the workforce. Delays are possible and people are asked to be patient and considerate.

To minimise the impact to residents during the night-time working phase, the noisiest activities will stop by 11pm. Although the remaining operations are not completely silent, the site team will be briefed to complete the work with as little disruption and as quietly as is practicably possible.

More information about the project, including regular updates, can be found on the Marsh Lane webpage of the Oxfordshire County Council website.

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