Scouthead roadworks to begin next week

Reporter: Ken Bennett
Date published: 13 July 2020

One of Saddleworth’s busiest roads could be facing major traffic issues spread over 20 weeks.

The existing masonry retaining wall supporting the A62 Huddersfield Road in Scouthead is in a severely dilapidated condition and has already collapsed in two separate locations.

High profile restoration work is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 20, and forecast to take approximately 20 weeks to complete.

The road is a main feeder route to traffic between Saddleworth and Oldham.

The council says it plans to stabilise the highway structure and two-way temporary traffic signals will be installed on the A62 between the Saddleworth Stars Nursery and no.1117 Huddersfield Road. 

And, in an attempt to ensure free flowing traffic along that section of road, temporary parking restrictions on both sides of the road will be in operation between Doctor Lane and Higher Turf / Lower Turf Lane. 

The council say the  length of the parking restriction may seem long when compared to the length of the retaining wall being stabilised, but this has been recommended by Unity Partnership’s traffic team to accommodate a possible stacking situation should an unusual volume of traffic occur at this location.

A spokesperson said the parking restriction may cause inconvenience to businesses and residents during the construction period, but every effort will be undertaken to minimise disruption.

A letter is being delivered to all affected residents and business today (July 13) informing them of the works and parking restrictions.

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