Planned work on broken width restriction 'will not be needed' if signage works (From Borehamwood Times)
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Planned work on broken Newak Green width restriction will not be needed if signage works, say Hertfordshire County Council
5:10pm Friday 11th January 2013 in News
Renovations to a “dangerous and unfinished” width restriction will not go ahead if new signage is enough to deter lorry drivers from the cramped street.
Motorists were left angry when Hertfordshire County Council failed to fix the 7ft restriction in Newark Green, Borehamwood, in September as promised.
The pole only has two metal posts, but a proper restriction requires four to warn larger vehicles they will not be able to fit down the road.
Hertfordshire County Council said work did actually start in September – but was immediately stopped as temporary traffic lights caused mayhem on nearby roads.
A statement from the council added: “It became clear Newark Green would need to be temporarily closed for the duration of the works, so the project came under review.
“In the meantime, all the old information boards in the vicinity of the width restriction will be replace. These should highlight the restriction much better.
“If they prove sufficient to address the problems being experienced, the planned work on the kerbed island should no longer be needed.
“We have completed a lot of work at the width restriction over the past 12 months, including renewing all the red-edged road signs showing the measurement and new sturdier posts on the restriction island.
“We have also installed a new direction sign on the approach to Newark Green from the east.”
Residents in the street called for the road to be made a cul-de-sac, because lorries swerve down from the A1 roundabout and damage parked cars on the street.
Other drivers spot the width restriction too late, so reverse back up the roundabout the wrong way.
Craig Bray, who lived in Newark Green for five years, said: “Are the council waiting for a serious accident to happen? They are being far too light hearted about this.”