Repairs to road not until 2015

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A Brighouse road that is erupting and causing motorists of a neighbourhood to drive over mounds will not be repaired until next year.

Residents living in Mill Grove, off Halifax Road, have been told that repairs do not form part of the current Capital Highway Maintenance Programme but it will be assessed along with all other eligible sites throughout the borough, with a view to inclusion in the programme for 2015/16.

Councillor Scott Benton (Con, Brighouse) said if money is found to complete the scheme, the work will then be completed during the next financial year.

“I have asked highways to include this project in the programme of works and I will continue to push for this to be included in next year’s programme so that the work is completed as soon as possible.

“A number of residents have contacted me in relation to the condition of the road over the last few weeks and the residents have organised a petition which I will submit to the council in December to request that this scheme is considered as soon as possible.”

Keith Hames, one of the residents, said it has been a long-standing problem with the original developer trying to solve the problem and then the council by relaying the surface.

“In the last 18 months it has got worse and there has been an increase in the road blowing up and surface cracking.”

He also said there are many safety aspects to the problems including cars having to travel at slow speeds and people tripping over the mounds in the road. highway officers have decided to increase the number of safety inspections on the estate to monitor the road.

Mill Grove is among five streets in Calderdale including Bell Street in Halifax with the problem, according to highways managers at Calderdale Council. In assessing the problem officers said the problem is that blast furnace slag used on the road was not an acceptable material, even after considerable “weathering”.

A chemical reaction continues long after the construction phase which results in the material expanding and the carriageway surface erupting.

In 2008 the decision was taken by Calderdale Highways to plane off and resurface the carriageway in Mill Grove but it failed to cure the problem and the surface has continued to erupt at an alarming rate.

The only option to cure the problem is to excavate the carriageway completely and reconstruct it.