Work to repave one of York’s most historic streets should finally be completed early next year, three years after it began.
City of York Council will undertake the final phase of work to repair Stonegate from Tuesday 3 January to Friday 10 February 2023.
It was January 2020 when the council began the once-in-a-generation renewal of the street.
That first phase saw £500K spent repaving the roadway.
Then, a year later in January 2022, work began to repave Stonegate’s pavements, at a cost of £350,000.
This was due to be completed within nine weeks. But the works took longer than initially planned, “due to issues found with the condition and structure of private cellars and delays due to Covid-19,” say the council.
The scheme was paused as footfall increased towards Easter. Now that final work has been scheduled.
There are also improvements planned for Blake Street, the first phase of which will take place from Monday 27 February until Friday 31 March 2023.
The second phase will take place in the financial year 2024-2025.
On Stonegate, 12 dropped kerbs will be either renewed or installed.
“So far, four existing have been renewed and six new dropped kerbs have been installed,” said a council spokesperson.
“The final two dropped crossings will be installed next year. There are some restrictions due to the locations of existing cellars.”
If dropped kerbs can be placed directly adjacent to each other, tactile paving will be installed too. Three sets of tactile crossings will be installed on Blake Street too.
Retailers and businesses were invited to feed back at a drop-in session in November ahead of the scheme starting and their feedback has been taken on board.
Letters will be hand delivered in the coming days to provide details and contact information to businesses and retailers in the area of the scheme.
Cllr Andy D’Agorne, executive member for transport, said: “We are very grateful to the businesses and retailers for working with us during this scheme.
“We’ve faced a number of unfortunate set backs but it’s been really important to us that we’re been able to work closely with retailers and businesses to ensure the least disruption as possible.”
There’s more about the Stonegate work on a dedicated council web page.