157 stakes ‘extraordinary job’ to see Park Road open to traffic in December
A landslide following the February 2020 flooding in Calderdale closed Park Road, Elland, one of the main roads connecting Brighouse to the rest of the borough.
Jane Scullion (Lab, Luddenden Foot), member of Calderdale’s consultancy firm for regeneration and strategy, said the engineered solutions to secure the road and hill were “an amazing job”.
A member of the public asked at plenary council public question time when the road would be reopened, as issues resulting from its closure include traffic ‘crossing’ through Siddal, Halifax and Southowram to get to Brighouse on a highway unsuitable for the volumes of the traffic concerned.
The questioner said the council appointed a specialist contractor after receiving £ 1.8million from the government’s Better Building Fund and said it would be reopened by December 2021.
“Please can I have a clear answer on when the repairs need to be completed and Park Road fully reopened, and what plans are in place to really relieve the congestion in the meantime across Siddal and Southowram?” ” she said.
Councilor Scullion said: “We hope the work can be largely completed in December, but that is entirely dependent on weather conditions.”
She said she visited the project last week.
“It’s an amazing job.
“In places, the road slides directly into the water, we have climbers and builders roped up, climbing, an extraordinary amount of stacks.
“Thus, in order to stabilize all the pile work on the hillside, the work is underway.
“In total, we will need 157 piles and they will need to be installed to completely stabilize the hillside.
“We don’t want to do a job where we do a part of it and the road has to be closed again,” she said.
Councilor Scullion said that once the piles are installed, reconstruction of the road can begin.
“Engineers tell me they want the road to be open on one side and under traffic management so cars can drive on it before the work is finished,” she said.
Along with this, a solution had been identified for the problems at the other end of the road to stabilize the movement there without a complete road closure, again using traffic management, the adviser said. municipal Scullion.
When this and ongoing work on the A629 is completed, council has predicted that most of the traffic will return to main roads, Councilor Scullion said.
“I am very sorry for the pressure that the residents of these areas are under. It’s not nice.
“It’s not good for congestion, it’s not good for travel time, it’s not good for air quality, but we are really doing our best in this great genius project. civilian to finish it as soon as possible, ”she said.