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Permanent repair plan for to landslip-hit A59 to be announced

North Yorkshire County Council has said that it is planning a public meeting to inform business and residents in the Kex Gill area about plans for permanent repairs to the A59 to minimise the risk of further landslips.

The road, which is a key trans-Pennine route between Skipton and Harrogate, was closed in late May and temporary repairs allowed the route to be reopened under traffic control in early July.

A diversion route is planned for the A59 at Kex Gill, which has a history of ground movement, but the council is looking to undertake repairs to the route to allow it to continue being used until the new road is built. The council hopes to start work on the 14-month construction programme in the next financial year.

Highways officers and councillors will use the meeting to hear local views on planned closures for repair of the existing route, which is scheduled to start in early October.

Details about the planned construction work will be announced at the meeting at the Millstones on 18 September.

North Yorkshire County Council executive member for highways Don Mackenzie said: “Since July, the single-file traffic system has worked well, but we want to complete permanent repairs as soon as possible.

“We have been working with our contractors to finalise the most effective repair while minimising disruption to traffic and are now in a position to share details with local businesses and residents, the people most affected by this situation. We expect work to restart on site at the beginning of October.

“The scale of the work means it will, at times, require a full road closure, but every effort will be made to keep this to a minimum.”


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