Road improvements for Shropshire Welsh border hinted at in parliament

The A5/A483 Oswestry bypass
The A5/A483 Oswestry bypass

The Prime Minister replying to a question in the House of Commons from Clwyd South MP, Simon Baynes, said a scheme to improve the two trunk roads would be looked at among others.

The A483, which cuts through the villages of Llanymynech and Pant, where residents have campaigned for a bypass for four decades, joins the A5 at Oswestry with the Oswestry bypass and Chirk bypass major traffic bottlenecks particularly at rush hour and in peak holiday travel times.

There have also been calls to dual the A5 between Shrewsbury and the Welsh border.

Sir Peter Hendy CBE, who ran London’s transport network during the Olympics, will work closely with the devolved administrations, including the Welsh Assembly, looking road, rail, air and sea links, and how they could be improved to fuel the UK’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

He is expected to publish his final recommendations following the Union Connectivity Review next summer.

Mr Baynes said: “I highlighted the need for a cut in railway journey times in North Wales and an upgrade to the A483/A5.

Mike Catt who spearheads the current campaign for an A483 bypass for Pant and Llanymynech said that should be first on his list of priorities.

“In the meantime accident will continue to happen,” he said.

Montgomeryshire MP Craig Williams also welcomed the Union Connectivity Review and said he would push for it to include improvements to the A458 at Middletown.

This announcement by Transport Minister, Grant Shapps, follows a recent pledge by the UK government to bring forward funding to accelerate infrastructure projects in the devolved nations. Working with the Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the UK government says it will identify opportunities for “spades in the ground” ready projects to help build up communities and create jobs quicker

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Mesquite City Council approves expanded road improvements in two neighborhoods

Those living in the Quail Hollow and Town East Estates neighborhoods are the next Mesquite residents to have their streets designated for road repairs.

The Mesquite City Council approved two separate contracts at a Monday night meeting, clearing the way for localized concrete repair on streets, sidewalks, gutters and curbs. The work will begin as soon as next month.

Commissioner John Wiley Price, seen at a meeting March 19, 2020 in Dallas, is seeking re-election to a post he has held since 1985.

The council approved a $1.4 million contract with KIK Underground, LLC for the Quail Hollow project, which is expected to take six months. It also approved a $4.15 million contract with HQS Construction, LLC for the larger Town East Estates project, which is expected to take around a year.

“Quality streets in our neighborhoods is vital to maintaining community pride and curbside appeal of our housing stock,” Mesquite Mayor Bruce Archer said in a statement. “The City Council is committed to repairing as many residential streets as possible, as quickly as we can. Improving streets also improves neighborhood vitality.”

He said the council is aware that there are still several neighborhoods that need repairs and the city is working as fast as it can to get to them.

Road work is already in progress on six miles of road in the area south of South Parkway and east of Peachtree Road. Those projects, and the pair that was recently approved, are part of the city’s ongoing Real Texas Roads bond program, approved by voters in November 2015. That program has resulted in improvements on 33 miles of two-lane residential roads, according to the City of Mesquite.

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Glass Fire: Live maps, evacuation information and road closures

Some evacuation orders in Santa Rosa and Calistoga have been downgraded to warnings.

SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. — Every firefighter who could work came to work and most are still out there, Santa Rosa Fire Chief Tony Gossner said during a press conference Tuesday. 

As firefighters that haven’t slept since Sunday, worked to protect homes and mop up hot spots, homeowners like Leo Sheerin are breathing a sigh of relief.

“I don’t know I guess it’s God’s grace that we still have a house to live in,” Sheerin said. “So many people lost their homes.”

He stayed behind during evacuations, just like he did during the Tubbs Fire in 2017.

“No, you can’t sleep during that when you see that whole ridge across burning,” Sheerin said. “No, you’re not going to get any sleep knowing how fast it moves.”

Meanwhile, many Santa Rosa homeowners that did chose to evacuate on Sunday returned on foot to check on their homes two days later.

Eighty structures, described by Cal Fire as “single-family residences” have been destroyed across two counties, as 28 of those structures are in Sonoma County.

“Seeing it standing is kind of important, but we’re just thankful we’re still alive!” Karen Jones, an evacuee said.

Jones and her family came back to pull out valuables, basic essentials and even something for their dog.

“He wouldn’t leave the house without the dog bed!” she said.

Still, she says her family has become all too familiar with evacuations like these that continue to happen, year after year.

“California has had a lot of stuff happen in the last couple of years and it’s just unfortunate that it keeps happening,” she said. “It’s just like, how much more can one state take?”

Jones is hopeful her home will be ok, this time around, even

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Desist from shoddy works Minister tells road contractors

General News of Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Source: GNA


Kwesi Amoako-Atta, Roads and Highways MinisterKwesi Amoako-Atta, Roads and Highways Minister

Roads and Highways Minister, Mr Kwesi Amoako-Atta has advised contractors working on the various road projects in the country to desist from doing shoddy works.

He said the road projects were important that it must be durable and must therefore stand the test of time for generations unborn to benefit.

The Minister also charged stakeholders and consultants to effectively monitor the projects and ensure that quality materials were used for the projects to meet its life span.

“The government cannot use taxpayers’ money to pay any contractor that has done shoddy work”. He stressed.

Mr Amoak-Atta, made the call during a press briefing at Sefwi Wiawso to provide an update on the ongoing road projects in the Region after President Akufo-Addo had inspected the various sites to ascertain the progress of work on some road projects and also cut the sod for the commencement of new roads projects within the Region as part of the President’s three days visit to the Western North Region.

Some of the roads inspected included, the ongoing Sefwi Wiawso to Akotombra, Bodi-Ahebianso road, Benchemaa Nkwanta – Osei Kojokrom road, and Bibiani town roads.

The rest were the sod-cutting for the construction of the Akontombra-Dadieso and Enchi-Elubo roads.

Mr Amoako-Atta indicated that the region had a total road network size of about 3,745kilometers, out of which 33 were currently under construction in different communities within the Region.

He hinted that his outfit was planning to award another 38 more road projects to help solve the bad nature of roads in the area.

Mr Amoako Atta expressed satisfaction of work done so far, noting that apart from few contractors who have left their projects site due to the COVID-19 pandemic the

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Egypt- Planning Minister approves additional EGP 100m for Aswan-Al-Alaqi Road improvements

(MENAFN – Daily News Egypt) Egypt’s Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala El-Said has approved an additional budget of EGP 100m for the Ministry of Transport to start raising the efficiency of the Aswan-Al-Alaqi Road.

The road, which runs for a total length of 150 km, has already been granted EGP 560m in funds for its development.

El-Said made note of the economic importance of the transportation sector, with transport networks of all kinds considered economic lifelines. She also said that these networks link production centres with consumer markets, whilst also ensuring that production sites can obtain the required raw materials and operating requirements.

She pointed out that the transport sector’s output is important for production in many commodity and service sectors, such as the trade, extractive and manufacturing sectors.

The minister said that a country’s productivity highlights the importance of a sound and efficient transportation sector. Improving transportation networks has many positive effects on the performance of other economic sectors and their competitiveness.

El-Said referred to the Egyptian transportation sector’s development vision and its main pillars, as stated in the medium-term plan for sustainable development, which will extend from fiscal year (FY) 18/2019 to FY 21/2022.

‘Egypt’s Vision 2030 aims to provide a transport system that achieves the goals of sustainable development, and is intrinsically linked with the requirements of future national economic and social development,’ the minister said.

El-Said also said that transport sector indicators have become one of the main indicators showing the degree of a country’s economic and social progress.

In Egypt, this sector has special importance due to the country’s distinguished geographical location as a hub for transport routes. Egypt also has close geographical proximity to the main markets in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

El-Said said that the Aswan Governorate has acquired

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