This week has seen ground investigation work start in the location of the proposed Princes Quay footbridge over the A63 in Hull.
During July and August, large drills will be digging deep into the ground around the vicinity of Ask, the Holiday Inn, the Humber Dock and within the marina. The information gathered will help to inform the design of the foundations for the bridge - which would link Princes Dock Street and the marina - in the event that planning permission is granted.
In October, further investigations will be carried out in the marina – this will avoid any disruption to those attending September’s ‘Freedom Festival’.
The team will be working alongside archaeologists to ensure that any discoveries of historical interest are recorded for future reference.
Highways England A63 Castle Street project manager, James Holmes, said:
The investigations around the proposed bridge site will be carried out by specialist contractors and overseen by archaeologists.
We are working hard to finalise the Development Consent Order application and will submit it as soon as we have completed the necessary traffic and environmental assessments.
We appreciate the public interest in the scheme and are continuing to do everything possible to construct the bridge in time for City of Culture in 2017.
This latest phase follows the completion of the ground investigation at the Holy Trinity burial ground.
The area has now been handed over to a team of archaeologists who will be recording the condition and extent of the burials within the grounds. The work is expected to take around 6 weeks and when complete the graves will be restored and the area will be returned to a public space.
The A63 Castle Street scheme will improve access to the Port of Hull by widening some sections of the road, upgrading the Mytongate junction and building new pedestrian crossings.
The scheme also aims to help reduce the effect of the barrier caused by Castle Street between the city centre to the north, and the tourist and recreational developments to the south.
Further information about the A63 Castle Street scheme is available on the scheme website..
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