It’s good news for drivers heading to the Yorkshire coast as major work along the A64 has been completed ahead of schedule.
Work has been taking place to repair the concrete base which makes up the foundation of the road between Crambeck and Low Hutton. Unlike normal resurfacing which can be done overnight, re-building the foundations takes a lot longer. The work is essential to provide drivers with safe and reliable journeys for years to come.
To carry out the work safely, the A64 has been closed from 8pm on Friday until 6am on Monday for two weekends and was due to be closed again this coming weekend.
Highways England’s project manager Chris Dunn said:
“It is fantastic news that we have been able to complete this work ahead of schedule and reduce the number of weekend closures to benefit drivers, businesses and residents.
“Our contractors have been digging up the road and having to re-build to depths of between 30cm and 100cm in order to replace the concrete base and provide drivers with an improved road surface.
“I would like to thank everyone, particularly local residents, businesses and those living on the diversion routes, for their patience and understanding whilst this essential work took place. Every effort was made to ensure disruption to traffic, and I would like to thank our contractors who pulled out all the stops to ensure this work was completed ahead of schedule.”
As part of the £1.4m scheme:
- 600 signs with the Highways England logo on were used to divert traffic
- Over 6,500 tonnes of surfacing was laid, with 4,500 tonnes being completed this weekend
- 7,841 square metres of UltiGRIP – a new type of anti-skid road surfacing material which will significantly reduce the amount of future road closures needed on a stretch of the A64 to carry out road maintenance work was laid
- Over 200 people worked on site over both weekends including putting in place the closure and assisting residents at the closure points
- Around 40km of white lining was refreshed and 958 reflective road studs installed
- 4km of ditches and gullies were cleared, preventing flooding in the area
- Ryedale District Council collected around 200 bags of litter
- Other maintenance tasks such as vegetation clearance which improved visibility of the signs and carried out an inspection of Crambeck bridge
Overnight this week work to finish off the road markings will take place using temporary traffic lights. This will start tomorrow evening (Tuesday 13 November) between 8pm and 6am and will last until the end of the week.