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Vegetation obstructing vision of oncoming traffic

Reported via mobile in the Restricted Visibility category anonymously at 22:43, Thu 26 May 2022

Sent to Northamptonshire Highways less than a minute later. ref: 3554927.

The bushes and vegetation along the area used to see what traffic is coming from the Wollaston direction towards the bridge over the river is now very wild and overgrown significantly reducing the line of vision in many areas especially for car drivers. Cars are trying to travel towards Wollaston and are not able to see what is coming until sometimes it’s too late. Near misses common. Twice I’ve nearly been hit by a car coming over the bridge from Great Doddington because they simply haven’t seen me. This happens every summer. Doesn’t help that people completely ignore give way signs when coming from Great Doddington.

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  • Thank you for reporting a fault. We will use the information you have provided to assess and prioritise this fault in accordance with our published response times for fault reports.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 22:44, Thu 26 May 2022

  • Thank you for your enquiry. Unfortunately, we are currently experiencing high volumes of enquiries and will endeavour to respond within 10 working days. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 14:50, Tue 31 May 2022

  • The maintenance of the vegetation around this area needs to be embedded onto the routine maintenance program. The visibility coming from Gt Dodd to Wollaston particularly over the first bridge is very poor due to excessive vegetation growth. There is also netting / wiring fixed to the fencing which further limits visibility. This is an annual ongoing issue and poses a safety risk.

    Again I recommend the installation of a fish eye mirror mounted on a pole to the bridge structure to aide visibility. So as you pull up to the bridge you can see if any vehicles are currently transmitting the bridges.

    Posted anonymously at 09:38, Wed 15 June 2022

  • This report is under further investigation.

    State changed to: Under further investigation

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 09:39, Wed 15 June 2022

  • The vegetation is overgrown to the point that it's impossible to see across the bridge, forcing drivers to try and cross without knowing what's coming the other way. This is incredibly dangerous and needs sorting urgently!

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted anonymously at 23:05, Thu 23 June 2022

  • This is a dangerous problem, reported several weeks ago, but still not rectified. It is only getting worse and worse as vegetation grows thicker and will result in an accident unless rectified. The Council will then be liable, as they have been given sufficient notice.

    Posted by Jonathan Alms at 17:35, Mon 27 June 2022

  • Another near miss, nearly a head on collision, this problem is ongoing, does somebody really have to die before you act😡

    Posted anonymously at 12:28, Sat 2 July 2022

  • Passed over this bridge today from the wollaston direction , had a near miss by a car coming other way I had right of way, could not see other motorist until we both were at the apex of the bridge, I presume he was the same , vegetation is still high , and other items blocking the view, the person using that parcel of land in between the two bridges need to clear stuff away from line of sight also, it's a nightmare coming from the doddington approach.

    Posted anonymously at 23:39, Mon 11 July 2022

  • Struggling to see any cars from the Earls Barton/Doddington side of the bridge, it's like a lucky dip. Not convinced this problem has been sorted at all since it was reported back in May.

    Posted anonymously at 22:43, Sun 16 October 2022

  • Investigation: Completed (Highways to Monitor, Routine Inspection Programme) - Regarding the vegetation adjacent to Hardwater Road, we have conducted a site visit and can confirm that there are no immediate safety concerns relating to this issue that warrant further action at this time. As the vegetation is not causing a safety issue with the highway user, no further action will be taken.

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 13:38, Thu 3 November 2022

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