Contrite contractors behind Hemel Hempstead’s Old Town roadworks have written to businesses and neighbours of the area to inform them the job will not be finished until mid-May.
The once-more revised completion date of May 14 adds a further six weeks to what has been almost a year-long period of suffering for High Street traders, after they were told the works would initially take five months.
Civil engineering firm Jackson, carrying out the work on behalf of Herts County Council, says that although the majority of the works on the High Street have now been completed, further improvements are still needed on adjoining Queensway and the junction to Cherry Bounce.
The debacle has been caused by the discovery of burials underneath the St Mary’s Close and a delay in the arrival of materials from overseas suppliers, as well as a Christmas-time pause in the works to enable trading to pick up for Old Town businesses and restaurants.
In a letter posted on Monday, Jackson’s site manager Jamie Boast said: “To minimise the impact of the remaining works to the businesses and residents of the High Street, once the additional bollards and signs have been installed we will remove the cones, temporary signs and water filled barrier.
“In addition we will open up St Mary’s Close car park for use.
“On behalf of Jackson, I apologise for disruption and inconvenience that the ongoing works have caused.”
Further information on the works can be found by visiting dacorum.gov.uk.