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Work on the A6 in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site area

We've been working hard to spend the government cash from the Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund to repair the condition of the historic walls in different places along a 4-mile stretch of the A6 between Matlock and Whatstandwell.

Repairs to a stone wall on the A6

The retaining walls were built in the early 19th century and support the main A6 carriageway along the River Derwent.

After more than 150 years of use, coupled with increasing volumes of traffic, including heavy good vehicles, the historic walls are now ready for a major repair and refurbishment programme.

The project

The project includes a trial to install smart technology sensors in the road drainage gullies to provide an early alert of any blockages for targeted emptying.

We've completed structural and ecology surveys and we've appointed Galliford Try to draw up designs for the repairs.

The repairs will be prioritised to tackle the sections of wall in most urgent need of repair, making sure our works are balanced with the need to minimise delays for road users.

Urgent repairs have already been completed along one section of the A6 at Pavilion Gardens.

Once finished, this work will help us to ensure that the A6 remains a reliable route for local residents, commuters, business and tourist traffic.

We'd like to thank you for your patience and understanding while these essential works are carried out.