Only one week of closure will be necessary during permanent repairs to the A59 at Kex Gill, North Yorkshire County Council has announced.
North Yorkshire County Council and its contractors have told a public meeting in Harrogate that the repair work to the A59 at Kex Gill, to allow it to continue being used until the new road is built, will take take eight weeks.
However one lane will remain open under traffic light control and there will be just one week of complete closure at the end to allow resurfacing.
A diversion route is planned for the A59 at Kex Gill, which has a history of ground movement, but in the meantime permanent repair work will begin on Monday 8 October.
The work includes installing ground anchors through to the hillside, constructing a reinforced concrete wall, constructing a filter drain and carriageway resurfacing. The schedule will be subject to weather and ground conditions, but it is hoped both lanes will be open to traffic by December.
North Yorkshire County Council executive member for highways Don Mackenzie said: “We were determined to minimise any road closure while the permanent repairs were carried out. We know how much impact this has on local residents and businesses. Therefore, we are delighted that a road closure is only expected to be necessary at the end of the project for drainage, resurfacing and relining work.”
The council’s ultimate solution is to realign this section of the A59 to the other side of the valley. A preferred route for this realignment was agreed by the council in July and a full business case for funding is being submitted to the Department for Transport. It is hoped construction could start in the spring 2020 and the road could take 14 months to complete.