North Yorkshire County Council is to carry out essential resurfacing works along sections of the A684 through Morton on Swale and Ainderby Steeple, following the damage caused by last year’s severe winter conditions.
The major programme of winter damage repairs requires the closure of the road for four weeks from Monday January 31. The contractors will be working up to 14 hour days, seven days a week to ensure that they are completed as soon as possible.
The works will be carried out over three phases within the closure to minimise the impact on residents and to ensure wherever possible access for residents is maintained whilst the works are being carried out. Each phase is anticipated to last approximately 10 days. Although the road will be closed to through traffic for safety reasons, access will be permitted for residents and local business owners and their customers via the traffic marshals who will be present on site.
As well as the extensive carriage re-surfacing works which involves the removal of part of the existing damaged bitumous layer, the re-adjustment of ironworks and the relaying of the new carriageway, drainage works will also be undertaken which will include the installation of new gullies as well as new connection work to the existing drainage systems. The renewal and refreshment of lining and anti skid materials will also be carried out.
A signed diversion route will be operated, using the A6136 and the B6271 Scorton to Northallerton road.
County Councillor Gareth Dadd, Executive Member for Highways, said: “We have liaised closely with local communities, businesses, and schools to ensure that any disruption is kept to a minimum. We have held discussions with the bus companies and the Home to School transportation team regarding their provision of services whilst the road is closed.”
He added: “We have timed this work to coincide with the completion of the bridge repairs at Skipton on Swale, thereby avoiding having to have two major east-west routes closed simultaneously.
“We are all acutely aware of the inconvenience and disruption that these works may cause; however if these repairs are not carried out, we could be in the position of facing even longer closures and disruption. I am confident that the local highways officers have done all that they can to minimise the disruption and ensure that the works are carried out as quickly as possible”
During the road closure, school bus routes that are affected are being re scheduled. Parents of permit holders of these services will be written to individually by Integrated Passenger Transport no later than 24 January 2011, to notify them of the new arrangements. Schools and operators will be distributing this information to fare payers.
Several local bus services will be affected by the road closure. Services 73, 53, 54 and Service 156/157 Sunday only will operate a temporary timetable for the duration of the closure. Details will shortly be available on both the service vehicle, in the relevant timetable cases, and at www.northyorks.gov.uk/businfo.
For further information please contact the operator, Dales & District, on 01677 425203.