Weâ€™re repairing several retaining walls and barrier and installing improved drainage systems to make the carriageway safer. Weâ€™re also resurfacing to fix defects to make journeys smoother.
We have completed work on two of the wall repairs and started work on a third. We anticipate the fourth to start in a few weeks' time. This work is being carried out through the day under two-way temporary traffic lights.
We have also completed most of the resurfacing scheme and have started work on the two drainage schemes between Woodhead and Longside. The drainage work currently is being carried out between 8am and 5pm under two-way temporary traffic lights but we expect this work to be completed by the end of August.
Weâ€™d proposed four to five weekend closures to carry out the drainage work and have closed it twice out of the five so far.
During the last closure we discovered nesting wrens at the work site, and we had to stop work immediately to protect the nesting birds. It also meant that we were unable to use the planned contingency weekend Friday 3 July to Monday 5 July, to install the final three drains.
Our environmental steward has checked the site again and we are now able to continue. Because of the delay this has caused weâ€™ll need to close the road again at the end of July to catch up and make sure the programme doesnâ€™t go on for longer than necessary. Unfortunately, the work weâ€™re doing can only be carried out under a full weekend closure because of the depth of excavation required across the width of the carriageway.
We'll be closing the route between Flouch roundabout and the Gun Inn 8pm on Friday 31 July until 6am on Monday 3 August.
We'll also hold the following weekend from Friday 7 August to Monday 10 August as a contingency in case of bad weather or other circumstances beyond our control.
Resurfacing work will also continue overnight between 8pm and 6am from Monday 7 September until Christmas, weather permitting.
During lockdown we've been working Monday to Friday, but we'll review the overnight closures prior to re-starting work.
Please remember that closures can change. For the most up to date information (including timings) check the Planned Roadworks feed. You can view on the Roadworks search page for more search options, or check our regional Twitter feed.
|April 2020||Work starts to two wall repairs|
|May 2020||First drainage scheme begins|
|End May 2020||Second drainage scheme starts|
|Mid July 2020||Overnight closures until the end of the school holidays|
|September 2020||Overnight closures re-start for resurfacing and drainage work|
|December 2020||Overnight end for Christmas break|
|March 2021||2021 Repairs to walls and barrier complete|
Why we need this scheme
The A628 is a crucial network route for an average of 9,000 road users each day. Itâ€™s a single lane route taking traffic over the Pennines enduring some of the most challenging weather conditions and continued extensive wear and tear.
The investment in maintaining this route will create safer, smoother more reliable journeys.
The drainage work will protect the carriageway from water damage and the resurfacing will ensure the route is free flowing, improving safety. Reconstructing retaining walls will create stability.
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