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We take action on A61

Published: 16 June 2020

A short stretch of the A61 in Dronfield is to be resurfaced following residents reporting noise issues.

The road, from Bowshaw roundabout to Whittington Moor roundabout, was surface dressed in 2019. Surface dressing is carried out to extend the life of a road and is routinely carried out across the country and in Derbyshire.

Residents who live on roads nearby contacted us to say that the road was noisier after the surface dressing took place.

Work started last November to look at the issues, and some initial noise readings were taken. These showed that the noise levels at the side of the A61 were higher than expected from this type of road surface.

Our highways officers expected that over the winter months the noise levels would reduce as more traffic on the road embedded the surface into place.

In the spring of this year more noise investigations were due to take place. Unfortunately because of the restrictions in place due to the coronavirus pandemic this work has not taken place. A specialist company was due to take readings at the homes of those affected.

Just under a mile stretch will be resurfaced later this year. The work will coincide with maintenance work needed to the viaduct further down the A61, and will take place overnight. 

Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, Councillor Simon Spencer, said:

“We are aware that there is an issue with higher noise levels than we would expect for a number of residents whose homes back onto the A61 in Dronfield.

“Although we do still need to do some further detailed noise investigations, we will resurface just under a mile to help with the issues residents are reporting. The work will likely be completed before the end of October.

“We’d like to apologise to those who have been affected, but let them know that we are doing all we can to fix the problem.”