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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Roadworks set to start on a Cumbria road on Monday

ROAD improvement work is to be carried out on a section of the A684, starting on Monday.

Cumbria County Council is investing over £100,000 in the improvements, which will involve resurfacing a worn-out section of road covering about a mile from the bottom of Black Horse hill outside Ghyll House to the junction of the B6257 Firbank road.

The work will be taking place at night-time in order to minimise the impact on road users. The road is due to be closed from 6.30pm until 6am for five nights and the resurfacing is scheduled to be completed by next Friday.

A road closure is required to protect the safety of the public and highway contractor, because the road is not wide enough to allow a single lane to remain open under traffic controls.

The official diversion will be via the A683, A65 and A591, and the council also anticipates increased traffic along back roads via the B6257. The contractor has been instructed to make the road safe at the end of each night shift so it can be reopened to traffic during the day. Signs will be in place giving drivers advanced warning when the closure is in place.

The council will make every effort to maintain access through the works site for people living in the area directly affected by the resurfacing, although there may be times when this is not possible for operational reasons.

Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet member responsible for highways and transport, said: “The council is investing over £100,000 in this essential work to resurface part of the main road between Kendal and Sedbergh.

“We’ve deliberately timed the work to take place at night and during the half term break in order to minimise the impact on road users. The closure will start at 6.30pm each night to allow most commuters time to get home and we expect there will be very few HGVs using the route overnight.

“Some short term disruption will be unavoidable and we apologise for any inconvenience, but once the work is completed everyone will benefit from a much improved road surface.”

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