Repairs to A59 at Kex Gill near completion

Work is nearing completion on the complex task of repairing the A59 at Kex Gill.

Repairs on the A59 at Kex Gill

Repairs are expected to be finished by the end of March, with a safe interim surface and lining in place and all traffic management removed.

The A59 is an important trans-Pennine route between Skipton and Harrogate, but there is a history of instability in land around the road west of Blubberhouses at Kex Gill. The current repairs follow movement in the carriageway last year.

Work on these repairs began in October, involving the installation of ground anchors through to the hillside, constructing a concrete wall and a filter lane.

The final element will be the resurfacing of the carriageway. This is scheduled to take place during the week beginning 13 May. It is expected to take five days and will require a full closure of the road. A signed diversion will be in place.

North Yorkshire County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Highways, said: “Inclement weather added challenges during these vital repairs, but our contractors have been able to keep the road open under traffic light control. This has helped to minimise the impact on local businesses, residents and through traffic.”

County Councillor Stanley Lumley, Member for Pateley Bridge division and a member of the Kex Gill steering group, added: “As well as being a significant trans-Pennine route, the A59 is important to residents for their daily commutes and day-to-day travel, so the completion of these repairs will be welcome. The closure for resurfacing is necessary, but is timed to avoid busy Easter and bank holiday periods.”

The County Council’s ultimate solution is to realign this section of the A59 to the other side of the valley. A preferred route has been agreed by the County Council and work is progressing on detailed designs and environmental surveys, alongside a funding bid to the Department for Transport.

This story was published 25 March 2019