|Summer Of Motoring Misery Looms For Locals|
Hogarth flyover closure latest in list of ongoing works
Motorists could face delays and congestion along local roads over the summer as several projects combine to add to the woes of drivers.
The Hogarth Flyover in Chiswick closes from next Friday (July 19th until August 31st) while Putney Bridge will be closed to all traffic, including buses from today (July 14th) for three months. Weekend work also continues on the Hammersmith Flyover and there is also congestion along the A205 due to works at Popes Lane.
Many local people in Chiswick have complained about increased congestion and delays in the past few months, particularly at weekends, as drivers try to use Chiswick High Road to avoid the A4 because of the Hammersmith flyover. Some people have commented at the increasing number of coaches diverting through W4 to avoid queues. Work on Chiswick Bridge had also had an impact in recent weeks although that has now improved.
Work on the final phase of maintenance works at the Hammersmith Flyover has involved closures in one direction from 30th May, for ten weekends.
TfL said the closure of the Hogarth flyover was needed so engineers can replace the deck, repair parapets steelwork, and improve lighting on the slip road. "These essential repairs are required to ensure continued safety and reliability. A letter will be distributed to residents and businesses living near to Hogarth flyover to provide further information about the works".
TfL and Aecom Conway staff will hold an information meeting on Thursday, 17th July 2014 from 18.00 – 21.00 at Chiswick Town Hall (Main Hall).
The first stage of works involved preparing the area underneath the flyover by levelling the ground, creating access points for vehicles to enter the central section of the roundabout and installing hoardings to protect the site. Following completion of the works, both the roundabout and the north east island will be reinstated and replanted with trees and shrubs.
One foretaste of what may be to come locally was given in Putney last week when a bus crashed into a wall on the bridge. There was substantial traffic disruption in the area which led alog the A205 to Sheen and along the South Circular. The bridge's overall repair programme now has to include a separate project to fix this damage. This will involve retrieving six large granite blocks from the riverbed after they were dislodged and fell into the Thames as a result of the collision.