MAJOR road resurfacing work will see weeks of 24-hour closures on a key Calderdale highway through this summer.

Calderdale Council says work on the A629 Calderdale Way, one of the busiest routes in the borough, will see full closures rather than just night working because the Coronavirus crisis has reduced the amount of traffic using it.

The closures, from Ainley Top roundabout by the M62 junction 24 to the A6026 Wakefield Road at the Calder and Hebble junction towards Halifax, will enable the scheme to be completed quicker and start next Tuesday, May 26.

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Work will involve planing and resurfacing of the surface, and maintenance of safety barriers, street lighting and drainage.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet member for Regeneration and Resources, Coun Jane Scullion, said the 24-7 closure option would reduce the job time from 18 weeks to 12 weeks.

The first section, northbound, from Ainley Top roundabout to the Elland figure of eight junction, will be closed from Tuesday, May 26, to Friday, June 12.

The section section, northbound, from the Elland figure of eight junction to the Calder and Hebble junction, will be closed from Monday, June 15, to Friday, July 3.

Section three, southbound from the Calder and Hebble junction to the Elland figure of eight junction, will be closed from Monday, 6 July 6, to Friday, July 24.

And the final section, southbound from the Elland figure of eight junction to Ainley Top roundabout, will be closed from closed Monday, July 27, to Friday, August 14.

Signed diversions will be in place via the Elland-Riorges Link.

Access for emergency vehicles and pedestrians, where normally permitted, will be available at all times.

Coun Scullion (Lab, Luddenden Foot) said: “This essential work will ensure the road surface is fit for purpose and reduce the need for further repair work in future.

“It has been scheduled for some time, but we’re taking advantage of the quieter roads to complete the work more quickly.

“Workers will be adhering to strict COVID-19 safety measures throughout.

“We ask those who need to travel to allow extra time for their journey, to take into account the necessary diversions.

“We’re aware this is also a key road for Calderdale Royal Hospital, so access for emergency services will be maintained at all times,” she said.