Creating new opportunities
The work will reduce travel times, especially in the southbound direction, by widening Salterhebble Hill to four lanes; remodelling the junctions at Dudwell Lane and Dryclough Lane; improving access to the hospital in Dryclough Lane; upgrading each Pelican crossing; installing new traffic light technology, introducing improved co-ordination between the signal installations and improving facilities for pedestrians and cyclists and public transport.
Salterhebble hillside has been excavated back to its new alignment and stabilised with over 500 anchors, which if laid end to end would stretch 3km. Properties within the highway widening area have been demolished and several new retaining walls have been built. Dudwell junction has been reconstructed and now in a temporary signal setting pending introduction of final sensors. Works to widen Dryclough Lane / hospital entrance and remodel Dryclough signal junction have started together with the new Pelican crossing at Stafford Rd. Throughout the works corridor, new energy saving LED lighting columns have also been installed.
A sustainable and long lasting retaining wall is being constructed on the western Halifax-bound side, featuring plants to bring more greenery to the area. The new cutting will then be planted up to create a vertical garden which will also help to improve the air quality by absorbing carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide.
In the coming spring months, focus will be upon construction of the new living wall on Salterhebble Hill, completion of Dryclough junction remodelling and introducing links to the corridor signal installations to improve co-ordination and hence travel delays.