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Roadworks end a week early
2:00pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
ROADWORKS which closed the main road through Chipping Norton have been completed a week ahead of schedule.
As previously reported in the Journal, the £400,000 project to resurface the A44 Horsefair was expected to last through August.
Many businesses said they had experienced a drop in trade just four days into the work, with one trader even deciding to close his doors and only reopen when the work was complete.
But after works began on August 5, the road was fully reopened on Saturday.
Chippy Mayor Mike Tysoe praised the work at Monday night’s town council meeting.
He said: “They’ve done a fantastic job. As a council we should say thank you to them. It was done extremely quickly with the minimum fuss and bother.”
Councillor Sue Bartholomew, who owns hairdressers Over The Top, said: “My trade was slightly affected but it wasn’t the huge disruption we all expected.
My business has not suffered.”
County councillor David Nimmo Smith, Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet member for transport, said: “Our engineers have pulled out all the stops to get the work done as quickly as possible. I am sure that local people will be pleased.”
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