Working to improve roads and reduce disruption
Ref: PR 8291
Work is being carried out on the district's highways this summer, as the Council continues to invest and improve roads for all users, as well as trying to minimise disruption.
Schemes have been scheduled to take place during the summer holidays, and where possible overnight, to try and reduce the impact.
Queens Drive, at the junction with Wakefield Road will be closed for resurfacing overnight from August 1 to August 6, 7pm until 7am, with some lane closures on Wakefield Road. A diversion will be signposted via Queens Drive, Towngate, Prospect Road, Dale Street, Dewsbury Road, Wakefield Road, Ossett Bypass and Wakefield Road.
Work is also due to start on Dewsbury Road, around the George a Green Road and Flanshaw Lane crossroads, and in the area around St Michael's Church. The scheme will improve this area for all road users and starts on 25 July.
Key features of the scheme are to improve the way the traffic signals work at the crossroads, as well as making the area better for pedestrians with the introduction of a new crossing and changes to pedestrian islands. The work, which is planned to take 11 weeks, will also see new parking bays created in the St Michael's area and an extended bus lane set out.
Cllr Matthew Morley, Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways, said: "We apologise to drivers and other road users for any inconvenience caused but these works are necessary to maintain and improve our roads.
"Traffic on the roads is usually much quieter during the summer, with schools on a break and many people on holiday. This is why we have scheduled work during this period to help minimise the disruption.
"The scheme on the A638 Dewsbury Road will benefit everyone who uses the road when it's finished, and although there will be an unavoidable impact during the work we will do our best to keep it to a minimum."
However, not all roadworks in the district are part of Wakefield Council's road improvement projects.
A gas mains replacement scheme is taking place on Kirkgate, Wakefield (outside Dixon Hall), from July 25 to August 19. One lane will be closed outbound and drivers will be unable to turn left out of Calder Vale Road into Kirkgate. Instead drivers will turn right heading towards Chantry roundabout where they will be able to turn and continue on their original journey.
Another gas mains replacement is taking place on Denby Dale Road, Durkar from July 25 until September 2. An inbound lane will be closed.
Yorkshire Water will be carrying out works on Shay Lane, opposite Brook Farm to opposite the cricket club, from July 20 to September 4. The road will be closed with a diversion signposted.
To find out about all major roadworks in the district go to www.wakefield.gov.uk/roads