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A628 Closure For Essential Drainage Work
The A628 in South Yorkshire will be closed next weekend to allow essential drainage work to be carried out underneath the road after recent flooding caused a wall and embankment to collapse.

The work includes installing two new 600mm drainage pipes, 1.3 metres deep, under the road. Repairs to the existing footpath and the road will also be made, along with a new gully and the dry stone walling will be made safe.

Repairs will be taking place 1.5 miles east of Tintwistle and the A628 will be closed between Flouch and the Gun Inn. This closure was originally due to take place in July but was rescheduled.

In order to make the most of this closure, Highways England is also carrying out resurfacing work which was originally planned for September.

This has reduced the need for future disruption to drivers and residents along this route, and means this is the only planned closure of the A628 this year.

To carry out the work the road will be closed in both directions from 8pm on Friday 18 August until 6am on Monday 21 August.

Highways England project manager Martin Barnes said:

"It is essential that we carry out these repairs as soon as possible before any further damage is caused. We will be repairing the carriageway, associated footpath and will also make the dry stone wall safe. A more permanent solution involving significant work to the embankment will be needed at a later date but there will be no daytime closures.

"This closure was originally planned for July but it was postponed in order to make sure the work was planned as efficiently as possible with the least disruption to drivers and local residents.

"We are aware that closing this important route causes disruption to drivers and we are doing as much as possible to minimise the impact of the work. A similar amount of traffic uses the A628 every day of the week, however at the weekend the traffic is spread throughout the day. There are also far fewer HGVs that may choose to use alternative local authority roads.

"We would like to thank drivers, residents and businesses for their patience and advise people to allow extra time for their journeys."

In order to take full advantage of the closure general maintenance work such as road sweeping, gully/sign cleaning and cutting back vegetation will also be carried out and resurfacing along the A628 over the weekend.

The resurfacing would normally have been done overnight, which would take 2 to 3 weeks to complete.

Clearly signed diversions will be in place via the M1 and M62 and for non-motorway traffic via the A635.

A628 Closure For Essential Drainage Work, 12th August 2017, 10:19 AM