Essential safety work on an Ashbourne road continues
Our work to repair an Ashbourne road continues this week as bad weather delays repairs.
Extensive work on the B5056 between Bent Lane, Tissington Ford and its junction with the A515 at Fenny Bentley is now scheduled to continue later into this month.
The road was closed, initially for three weeks, on February 12. The closure is to enable a two-and-a-half mile stretch of the road to be patched. This is to make the road − prone to cracking because of its proximity to a landslip − safe.
It had been due to reopen yesterday (Sunday 4 March 2018) but work has been delayed because of the unusually difficult winter conditions.
We've extended the closure − until Thursday 29 March 2018 - so repairs can be completed.
Our Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, Councillor Simon Spencer said:
"We acknowledge this is not the best time of the year to carry out this work but we were not confident that the road would remain safe until the summer. We consulted with the local quarries and hauliers and they advised us that doing the work now would cause less disruption to their businesses."
Councillor Spencer added:
"We've now asked for the closure to be extended until the end of March but we will endeavour to work as quickly as possible, weather permitting, to try and get this road opened sooner. I'd like to thank motorists for their patience while this essential work is carried out."
Signposted diversions are in place. The diversion from Ashbourne is along the A515 to Newhaven, along the A5012 Via Gellia to Grangemill, the B5056 to the point of the road closure and vice versa.