COUNCILLORS have given the green light to a string of road improvements.
Some of the schemes will lessen complaints about potholes.
Kirklees Council’s Cabinet yesterday approved the resurfacing work.
Work at Thornhill Road in Edgerton will begin this autumn.
Birkby Hall Road in Birkby, whose poor state was highlighted by Yellow Pimpernel Brian Hollingworth this year, will also be improved this year.
Mr Hollingworth hit the headlines when he sprayed yellow circles round potholes on the road, drawing the council’s attention to the poor surface.
The council said at the time that the road would be improved.
Major work is also planned on the A637 Barnsley Road in Flockton.
The busy route between Huddersfield and the M1 will be resurfaced and new traffic signals added at the Doctor Lane junction.
From next month the road will be closed for six to eight weekends, with a diversion route via the Stocksmoor road and Wakefield Road.
The work will cost £210,000.
Clr Martyn Bolt, Kirklees Council’s Cabinet member responsible for roads, said: “This is a major scheme on what is a major road and route to the M1.
“Options for the best way to manage traffic through the village have been subject of debate for many decades.
“There is no easy solution, but the improvement scheme aims to alleviate traffic congestion, improve the flow of traffic and make life more pleasant and safer for local people.
“The first phase of the scheme last year saw improvement works to the road on the west part of the village.
“The second phase will see an investment topping £200,000 on the road at the other end of the village, to make permanent signals and measures that have proved successful.
“Following requests from local people traffic signals will be provided at the junction of Doctor Lane.
“The scheme will also include resurfacing and drainage works.
“The works will involve closing the road, which will inevitably cause disruption.
“To keep that disruption to a minimum we want to carry out the work as quickly as possible, but avoid peak times.
“To that end it is intended to carry out the work at weekends. It will take six to eight weekends, but that will be staggered to ensure that the road is not closed for more than two weekends at a time.”
Calder Road in Ravensthorpe will also be resurfaced between Huddersfield Road and Forge Lane.
The work, costing £405,000, will take place between September and December.
damage A typical pothole