Lee Wood Road re-opening August

Lee Wood Road, which skirts Heptonstall village, will re0pen to traffic from August 16 or earlier, according to Calderdale Council.

A letter from the Planning and Highways division said there would be a permanent 40mph speed limit and 18 tonne weight limit, with the larger vehicles being diverted via Todmorden, Cliviger and Blackshaw Head.

Boreholes have shown that the section of wall cannot be reconstructed using the council’s current method, as the wall would need to be built from more than 6m below road level.

However, as monitoring  has shown no further movement, engineers plan to narrow this section between Tentercroft and Hollins to a single lane and re-open it with vehicle-activated traffic lights.

Reconstruction of the collapsed section of the retaining wall that supports the road has now been completed. Workmen are now re-laying a drainage channel, trimming trees and putting in a kerb to narrow the road and traffic lights.

Monitoring will continue, and if the road begins to show movement again, the wall would have to be replaced with a piled construction. Designs for this will be made as a contingency measure. Building this would mean closing the road again.

A letter to residents about the works is on display in the noticeboard cabinet next to the café.

Official confirmation of the above plans to  re-open Lee Wood Road have now been received from Calderdale MBC by the Parish Council.

Details can be seen here…

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