Surface improvements planned across borough

Cllr Tim Swift

A programme of surface dressing work is taking place on roads throughout Calderdale, as part of a West Yorkshire wide programme.

Roads across the borough, which have been identified as being in need of surface improvements, will shortly be subject to maintenance, with bitumen and stone chippings applied to the road surface.

This important work seals the road making it more waterproof, improves surface texture and prolongs the life of the road by many years. It is a quick, efficient and economic method of maintenance.

Work is scheduled to start on Saturday 25 June in Hebden Bridge and continue through until the end of July. However, this type of work is very weather dependent, so could be subject to some short delays.

The work is being carried out by the contractor Kiely Bros. who will deliver leaflets to affected residents before the start of work on each site. Advance warning signs will also be put up, giving a two-day window for work to take place, allowing for a little flexibility.

Calderdale Council’s Leader, Cllr Tim Swift, said:

“The annual programme of surface dressing work is being carried out across the borough on roads which have been identified as requiring improvements. This work will also prolong the life of the road surface.

“The works are very weather dependent and have been scheduled for the summer months when they’re hopefully less likely to be subject to weather-related disruption. However, we’re keeping affected residents updated throughout the process and signage will be in place.”

During the surface dressing process, each road will be swept and all ironwork masked over. The road will then be sprayed with bitumen and covered with gritstone chippings which get rolled into the surface. This process will be completed in just a few hours.

In order to ensure that the road is completely covered and sealed, an excess of chippings is used, so motorists are asked to take extra care while the surface beds in. The road will then be swept within the next 48 hours and then another two or three times over the next week. Road markings will then be reinstated. 

On-street parking will not be possible whilst the actual surface dressing is taking place. However, access for vehicles and pedestrians to properties will be available, although potentially subject to short delays. Road closures to prevent through traffic will be in place for the works on A649 Wakefield Road; A58 Leeds Road; Upper Field House Lane, Helm Lane, Birks Lane, Bowood Lane, Dean Lane, all in Sowerby; and Cold Edge Road, Wainstalls.

The full list of roads included in this year’s programme are as follows:

  • A646 Halifax Road / King Street, Hebden Bridge
  • A649 Wakefield Road, Lightcliffe
  • A58 Leeds Road / White Hall Road, Hipperholme
  • A644 Brighouse and Denholm Gate Road, Shelf
  • Upper Field House Lane, Sowerby
  • Helm Lane, Sowerby
  • Birks Lane / Bowood Lane / Dean Lane, Sowerby
  • Wood Croft, Sowerby
  • Rooley Banks, Sowerby
  • Rooley Heights, Sowerby
  • The Newlands, Sowerby
  • Newlands Avenue, Sowerby
  • Scammonden Road / Butterworth End Lane / Moor Bottom Lane / Shaw Lane / Clough Road / Turbury Lane, Norland
  • Norland Road, Norland
  • Cold Edge Road, Wainstalls
  • Seed Hill Terrace / Long House Road, Mixenden
  • Thirmere Avenue, Elland
  • Grasmere Drive, Elland
  • Healthfield Avenue, Elland
  • Whitwell Grove, Elland
  • Whitwell Avenue, Elland
  • Whitwell Drive, Elland
  • Back Bower Road, Elland
  • Back Springfield Road, Elland
  • Grove Road, Elland
  • Turnpike Street, Elland
  • Springfield Road, Elland
  • Elland Lane, Elland
  • Alexandra Crescent, Elland
  • Beverley Close, Elland
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