Surface maintenance planned across borough

Cllr Sarah Courtney outside Halifax Town Hall

Surface dressing work is taking place on over 40 roads across Calderdale this summer. 

Calderdale Council has identified roads across the borough which require surface dressing. Each road 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 currently scheduled to start on Monday 3 June at Ainley Top 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.

Surface dressing treatments are just part of a wider programme of maintenance planned for Calderdale’s highways network, with over £8million set to be invested over the next 12 months.

As part of this work, over 120 roads across the borough are included in the proposed programme of work for carriageway repairs in 2024/25, with further opportunities for wider improvements being explored.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, Cllr Sarah Courtney, said:

“We understand the importance of maintaining good quality road surfaces and as part of our annual surface dressing programme we are targeting the roads which are most in need of surface improvements.

“This important work supports safer roads and encourages active travel. The process will prolong the life of the road surface and allow our limited budget go as far as possible.

“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.

“This is just part of the wider programme of highways maintenance work planned throughout the year and we continue to explore options to further improve the network and support our priority ambitions for climate action and creating strong and thriving towns and places.”

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 following couple of weeks. 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 Natty Lane, Illingworth; Exley Lane; Grimescar Road; New Hey Road; Lindley Moor Road at Ainley Top; and B6114 Saddleworth Road, Greetland.

The full list of roads included in the surface dressing programme are as follows:

  • Grimescar Road, Ainley Top
  • New Hey Road, Ainley Top
  • Lindley Moor Road, Ainley Top
  • Exley Lane, Exley
  • Hullenedge Road, Elland
  • Hammerstone Road, Elland
  • B6114 Saddleworth Road, Greetland
  • Moor End Road, Halifax
  • Illingworth Road, Illingworth
  • Natty Lane, Illingworth
  • Bryan Road, Elland
  • Broomfield, Elland
  • Hullenedge Gardens, Elland
  • Hullen Road, Elland
  • Milner Lane, Greetland
  • Milner Close, Greetland
  • Chestnut Close, Greetland
  • Cedar Grove, Greetland
  • Cherry Tree Drive, Greetland
  • Ashfield Road, Greetland
  • School Street, Greetland
  • Goldfields Way, Greetland
  • Highfield Avenue, Greetland
  • Dixon Close, Greetland
  • Goldfields Avenue, Greetland
  • Goldfields Close, Greetland
  • Moorlands Road, Greetland
  • Goldfields View, Greetland
  • St Annes Avenue, Ainley Top
  • St Albans Avenue, Ainley Top
  • Royd Avenue, Ainley Top
  • St Georges Avenue, Ainley Top
  • Crest Road, Ainley Top
  • Stanley Road, Ainley Top
  • Branch Road, Ainley Top
  • West Lodge Crescent, Ainley Top
  • Tewit Lane, Illingworth
  • Popples Drive, Illingworth
  • Tewit Green, Illingworth
  • Illingworth Gardens, Illingworth
  • Meadow Lane, Wheatley
  • Meadow Drive, Wheatley
  • Meadow Crescent, Wheatley


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