Essential repair work to Billams Hill culvert in Otley

Works to repair a damaged culvert is due to be carried out on Billams Hill in Otley from 22 July 2013.

The work will be ongoing for five weeks to allow for essential repair works to the reinforced concrete slab which supports the road which carries the B6451 Billams Hill in Otley, immediately north of Otley Bridge.

The repair work that needs doing was originally discovered during a routine inspection of the structure, at which point temporary barriers were installed to narrow the road and prevent traffic from using the damaged area.

Temporary two-way traffic signals will be installed whilst the repairs take place. The traffic signals will be manually controlled at peak times to reduce the impact on the traffic flow as far as possible.

The programme of works has been scheduled to take place during the school holidays, when traffic is lighter, to minimise the disruption to traffic.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for development and the economy said:

“We have deliberately scheduled the work to the culvert on Billams Hill to take place during a period when traffic is much lighter, and at a time we hope will cause the least disruption to traffic.

“The work needs to be carried out to ensure the structure is safe and can deal with the level of traffic flow that uses it.

“Unfortunately, some congestion during these works may be unavoidable and I would like to thank the public in anticipation of their patience whilst we undertake these works.”


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