Blue Bank resurfacing about to start

Essential carriageway resurfacing is to begin this week on the A169 at Blue Bank, where the road climbs up onto the moors from Sleights.

Blue Bank at Sleights

The work will be carried out by North Yorkshire County Council under a full overnight road closure between Fairhead Lane and Eskdaleside. The work will begin at 18.30 on Wednesday March 27th and is expected to take two weeks to complete dependent upon weather conditions. Working hours will be 18:30hrs to 06:00hrs the following morning.

There will be a signed diversion from Pickering directing traffic along the A170 to West Ayton where the diversion will continue along the A170 Racecourse Road into Scarborough and then along the A171 northwards towards Whitby. Traffic travelling from Whitby south will also use this route in reverse to access Pickering.

Advance warning signs and public notices of all closures, waiting restrictions and diversionary routes are in place and local residents, organisations  and businesses informed have been informed of the works in a letter. 

“This is a steep bank and is heavily used and resurfacing is much needed,” said County Councillor Don Mackenzie, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Highways. “The A169 is an important route to bring visitors to the coast and moors and is a crucial highway for local people so it is important it remains fit for purpose. 

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused but we are undertaking the works during overnight closures to minimise any disruption and before the tourist season gets properly underway. Our contractors will of course do everything necessary to complete the work as quickly as possible.”

Essential vehicular access will be controlled by qualified traffic managers, though through traffic will not be permitted whilst works are in progress. In addition, traffic managers will be on local closure points to prevent larger vehicles using narrower local roads to avoid the closure point.

The works involve the use of construction plant and materials that, by their nature, are a potential hazard to the public.   People are therefore being warned not to enter or cross the site without assistance from a works contractor

“We would like to thank people in advance of these works for their co-operation and understanding” said Cllr Mackenzie.

Picture shows: Blue Bank at Sleights which will undergo essential resurfacing

This story was published 26 March 2019