A MASSIVE resurfacing project is coming to Huddersfield’s busiest road.
But the roadworks on the A629 at Wakefield Road in Dalton will finally bring to an end a major scheme which has caused disruption for motorists for months.
Drivers will face six more weeks of delays when the resurfacing programme gets under way on September 9 between the Waterloo and Broad Lane junctions.
This work follows on from the Yorkshire Water improvements, the replacement of the old gas main and the upgrading of two of the key pedestrian crossings.
The £730,000 road resurfacing scheme is due to be completed by mid-October if the weather holds good and will see the replacement of the top 60mm of the existing road surface with two 30mm layers plus associated anti-skid surfaces and road markings.
Clr Cathy Scott, Kirklees Cabinet member, said: “We acknowledge that the prolonged work involving utility company repairs and road improvements has caused considerable local inconvenience in recent months but this will soon be at an end after the final stage to resurface this busy road.
“We will carry out this last stage as quickly as we can whilst ensuring that the finished project is done to high standards and we are asking everyone to bear with us whilst it takes place. “
To minimise disruption to local commuters and traders as well as residents a contraflow system will be operated to allow the work to be undertaken in safety.
This means there will be one inbound and one outbound lane on the same side of the road.
The following measures will also be taken to try and minimise delays:
Signs will warn of delays in advance of the work taking place and include some further afield so drivers can decide to take alternative routes if they wish.
The road will be resurfaced in sections to reduce the amount of traffic management required.
Work will be done during the working week between 8am and 6pm and on Sundays through traffic signal controlled junctions.
There will no bus stops or points of crossing in the contraflow to enable traffic to move freely. Alternative stops will be provided and the contractor will be providing crossing points as the works move along so that pedestrians can still safely cross the road.
There will be no parking on Wakefield Road during the period of resurfacing.
When the contraflow is in operation traffic joining Wakefield Road will have to turn left.
Access to side roads will be restricted during the resurfacing works and residents are asked to park away from the working area.
All local business and the Tolson Museum in Ravensknowle Park will be open as usual during the work.