A62 resurfacing scheme finishes two weeks ahead of schedule
The A62 Leeds Road resurfacing programme between Bradley Road traffic lights and Stocks Bank Road was completed on Friday 19 November, two weeks ahead of schedule.
Who funded the scheme?
This was a Department for Transport Challenge funded scheme in collaboration with Calderdale Council, to resurface approximately 1.4km, part of one of our busiest and strategic roads links.
The scheme also addressed the historic issues with flooding along the length of this section of road but also under the bridge.
What was the purpose of the resurfacing works?
This major route is an important gateway into Kirklees and the main purpose of the resurfacing works was to ensure this stretch of road remained in a safe condition, but also help to prevent potholes from forming and minimise further wear and tear of the road surface.
Completing the scheme
The scheme consisted of five phases, taking into consideration impact on road users, residents, and businesses, with the majority of works taking place overnight and at weekends.
A number of factors influenced the early completion including favourable weather conditions. Additionally, detailed planning by the Council working with the contractor, a full road closure during the hours of work, coupled with the hard work of the team enabled the contractor to maximise output.
What else was repaired?
As a part of the works the team also repaired the drainage system along this stretch of road to help prevent future flooding.
Street lighting was also upgraded to new LED lighting on the section from the Miller and Carter pub to Cooper Bridge roundabout, and overhanging vegetation was cut back to give more room on the pavement for pedestrians and cyclists.
What happens next?
On 4th January work will begin on the next phase of improvements to the A62. This next phase of work will last for around 48 weeks.
During this next phase, we will be working to make routes safer for pedestrians and cyclists. We will also create more green spaces alongside the road, and improve sustainable drainage to avoid flooding.
Councillor Mather, Cabinet Member for Environment said;
“The team have done a fantastic job to get this major project completed two weeks ahead of schedule.
It’s great to see the team working so hard to get our roads in Kirklees back up and running.
The resurfacing of the A62 means the road remains in a safe condition for the foreseeable future for all road users, with the works helping to prevent potholes from forming particularly as we enter the colder months of the year, plus the work to help prevent flooding in the area.
This a very popular route through Huddersfield to Halifax and the completion of these resurfacing works will make it a smoother journey for all.”