Work continues on major roads

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Motorists are facing disruption as work to resurface and improve the condition of two major routes in Calderdale continues.

A section of the Calderdale Way (A629) will be closed this weekend.

The uphill section of the road (towards Ainley Top roundabout) will be surface-dressed, sealing the existing road surface and prolonging its life.

The downhill section (towards Halifax) will remain open as usual.

However, the work is weather-dependent and cannot be carried out if there is heavy rain.

It is necessary to close the section of the road from Salterhebble to Ainley Top roundabout over the weekend of May 16 and 17 to carry out essential maintenance works safely.

A diversion will be in place using Stainland Road, Saddleworth Road through Elland onto Dewsbury Road and New Hey Road, before joining back up with the A629 at Ainley Top. Advance warning signs have been placed across the borough advising of the closure and asking drivers to seek an alternative route.

A 20mph speed limit will be in place for the safety of motorists as there will initially be some loose chippings on the road.

Essential works to the gas main at Elland Wood Bottom are also being carried by Northern Gas Networks this week, using the 20mph temporary speed limit.

Calderdale Council’s Head of Planning and Highways, Geoff Willerton, said: “These works will increase the life of the road and improve the driving surface for motorists using this busy route.

“We will do all that we can to complete the work as quickly as possible, and thank people in advance for their patience.”

And work to improve the condition of Wakefield Road in Lightcliffe, from Bailiff Road crossroads to Hipperholme, is set to continue following initial work last weekend.

Mr Willerton said: “Last weekend, surface dressing work took place on Wakefield Road in Lightcliffe, to seal the existing road surface and prolong its life.

“The dressing work is now complete, although there are still loose chippings on the road, which will be swept over the next two weeks.

“Once the sweeping is complete, the road will then be re-lined.”