Traffic restrictions at one of Chesterfield’s busiest roundabouts have been lifted four weeks earlier than planned.
Work to prepare Hornsbridge Island for the installation of a new £300,000 art sculpture started in mid-July, and had resulted in lane closures around the roundabout, causing delays for drivers.
Contractor NT Killingley were asked by Chesterfield Council to work to a revised schedule and, with all the materials now delivered to the site, restrictions have now been lifted ahead of schedule.
Coun John Burrows, Chesterfield Council’s leader and executive member for regeneration, said: “I’d like to thank NT Killingley for working extra hours and working at the weekends to allow the work in preparing Hornsbridge Island for the sculpture to be carried out quickly.
“This has meant that the restrictions were able to be lifted after four weeks.
“Although essential for the safety of workers, I am aware that the traffic management has caused delays for motorists entering and leaving Chesterfield and I, like they, are pleased restrictions are able to be lifted.”
Staff are now working on the centre of the site, within the secure compound area, which means that they can work safely without the need for any further traffic management.
It is anticipated that the sculpture will be delivered to the site over the weekend of August 30 and 31 and it is hoped that this can be carried out without the need for more restrictions but a final decision is yet to be made.
The sculpture, by local artist Melanie Jackson, is called Growth and features a wheel integrated into the landscape showing the borough’s industrial heritage with an opening bud or flower rising out of the centre.
The design was chosen by residents and members of the Chesterfield Champions business community in a consultation last year, and is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and by Barratt Homes.