Roads to remain closed as council investigates problems

Three roads in Wold Newton are to be closed ‘for the foreseeable future’ as investigations continue into ‘unprecedented damage’ caused to the surface.

Laking Lane, Bridlington Road and Burton Fleming Road from the crossroads in the village to the junction to the road with Hunmanby, have been closed since 20th December after emergency issues were discovered during a routine inspection.

A diversion route was quickly put in place and initial investigation work failed to identify the cause of the problem. Further investigations are underway and an East Riding of Yorkshire Council spokesperson apologised to residents for any problems the road closure has caused.

However, they also issued a warning to anyone who is thinking of driving along the closed road.

“We are carrying out further investigations into the cause of the damage, by taking road cores, to determine exactly what the underlying issues are and what conditions may have contributed to the unprecedented nature of the damage that occurred,” said the spokesperson.

“This is important, to help us to determine the appropriate remedial works to be carried out, so that we don’t find ourselves returning to the site in the future to address a repeat occurrence.

“The results of the cores will inform the nature and extent of the remedial works and the ongoing timetable for the repairs to be carried out.

“It’s therefore likely that the road will be closed for the foreseeable future, although we will aim to carry out the required works at the earliest opportunity.

“We will keep the parish council informed on progress. In the meantime, we apologise for the inconvenience to residents and ask for their understanding in dealing with this matter.

“Time spent now will hopefully avoid further disruption in the future. We must also remind residents and other road users that it is illegal and potentially dangerous to remove the barriers and to drive on this closed road.”

● The road between North Dalton and Huggate appears likely to be closed until late January until repairs to widespread damage caused by the mid-December cold snap can be completed.

The route was closed suddenly by East Riding of Yorkshire Council on 28th December 2022 as a matter of safety when the milder spell following the freezing conditions saw the pavement fall away completely in some areas.

The Christmas period meant no work could be carried out and the road will remain closed until the repairs are completed, which an East Riding of Yorkshire Council spokesperson said is likely to be Friday 20th January.

“The carriageway on this road has failed in multiple locations, as a result of the spell of very cold weather before Christmas, followed immediately by a relatively mild spell, leading to a freeze-thaw effect which has caused the pavement to fail completely in the affected areas,” said the spokesperson.

“This was initially made safe using traffic management and the road remained open, as the damage was primarily at the carriageway edge.

“However, we decided to close the road on 28th December, 2022, on safety grounds, as the damage had become more widespread. Repair works are currently scheduled to start on Tuesday 17th January, during which the roads will remain closed.

“The works are expected to be completed by the end of that week; at which time the roads will reopen.”

Access remains available for residents; however, other motorists are being told to avoid the area and follow a diversion route that takes them along the B1248 via Tibthorpe.

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