A59 Blubberhouses Temporary Road Closure

I was recently asked to check out this potential road closure after a resident had advised me that some signs had been put out. Set out below is the information I have been sent.

“Dear Councillor,

North Yorkshire County Council is proposing to carry out major landslip stabilisation works of a steep slope above the A59 at Kex Gill, Blubberhouses, and at the same time complete some highway resurfacing works on adjoining parts of the A59 Trans Pennine route.  The works will commence on Monday 6th June and continue for a period of five weeks until Sunday 10th July 2011.  The A59 will be closed for the full duration of these works and a signed diversion will be in place following the A65 Ilkley, A660 Otley by-pass and A658 Harrogate.

It is envisaged that carrying out the planned works on the steep slope above the A59 will help prevent the likelihood of any further landslips occurring in the future and as a consequence minimise the potential disruption associated with emergency road closures.  There will inevitably be some inconvenience to motorists and local occupants but disruption will be reduced as much as possible.

We are aware that when the previous emergency closure was in place it did cause disruption particularly in Otley town centre. We have met with the project manager for the works and asked for additional signs and cones to be put in place at various locations to try and ensure that drivers keep on the correct diversion route and do not divert through Otley, in particular down the B6451 Farnley Lane.

We will be monitoring the disruption on the affected highway network during the closure and we are also working with work promoters to ensure that no planned works take place on these routes during this period. We have requested that a joint press release be issued from North Yorkshire and Leeds City Council to ensure that local residents are made aware of the proposal.”