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Click here for general arrangement drawings of the A629 Salterhebble to Shaw Hill.
The first phase of our work took place from July 2016 to May 2017. During these months, we worked to reduce traffic congestion and delays, and to make it safer and easier for people to walk and cycle in the area. These benefits were achieved by remodelling the A629 / Shaw Hill / Free School Lane junction.
We also implemented new traffic light technology, where sensors in the road detect both the number of cars and their distance apart and link to the traffic lights, helping to reduce congestion at peak times.
We started work on the widening of Salterhebble Hill in late August 2017 and are still working on delivery.
The work will reduce travel times, especially in the southbound direction, by widening Salterhebble Hill to four lanes; remodelling the junctions at Dudwell Lane and Dryclough Lane; improving access to the hospital in Dryclough Lane; upgrading each Pelican crossing; installing new traffic light technology, introducing improved co-ordination between the signal installations and improving facilities for pedestrians and cyclists and public transport.
Salterhebble hillside has been excavated back to its new alignment and stabilised with over 500 anchors. Properties within the highway widening area have been demolished and several new retaining walls have been built and Dudwell junction has been reconstructed.
Works are in progress to widen Dryclough Lane / hospital entrance, remodel Dryclough signal junction and deliver a new Pelican crossing at Stafford Rd. Throughout the works corridor, new energy saving LED lighting columns have also been installed.
A sustainable and long lasting retaining wall is being constructed on the western Halifax-bound side, featuring plants to bring more greenery to the area. The new cutting will then be planted up to create a vertical garden which will also help to improve the air quality by absorbing carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide.
In the coming months, focus will be upon construction of the new living wall on Salterhebble Hill, completion of Dryclough junction remodelling and introducing links to the corridor signal installations to improve co-ordination and hence travel delays.
To minimise disruption during the works, a detailed Traffic Management strategy is in place, with multiple individual lengths of highways being worked upon in turn. This means that at any one time only a limited section of the road will be subject to road works minimising the potential congestion and disruption while the works take place.
Although lane closures are essential as part of the works to ensure the safety of workers, we have had at least one free flowing lane in each direction throughout the majority of the works. We have also limited peak time delays by working in sensitive areas during evenings and weekends.