Cumbria County Council will be carrying out essential resurfacing work on the B5295 in Copeland, starting on Wednesday 1st March.
This work is being carried out in four phases to replace worn-out sections of carriageway with a new road surface between Wath Brow and Keekle.
The works are anticipated to be completed within 20 days, and will see 2.1 miles of carriageway resurfaced, along with new ironwork, sections of damaged kerbs being replaced, new road markings and additional road safety measures introduced.
In order to accommodate plant and machinery, and ensure the works can be safely carried out, it will be necessary to temporarily close sections of the road being resurfaced in the following order;
Phase 1 – Keekle to Bowthorn.
Phase 2 – Bowthorn to Co-Op Roundabout.
Phase 3 – Co-Op Roundabout to Birks Road Junction.
Phase 4 – Birks Road Junction to Wath Brow Junction.
It should be noted that the works are weather dependant and any inclement weather conditions may delay these dates, updates of the work will be posted on Cumbria County Councils social media pages.
Signed diversions via local roads will be in place and access will be maintained where possible for local residents and businesses throughout the closures. Signs advising that businesses are open as normal will also be displayed. Access will also be maintained for emergency service vehicles, pedestrians and dismounted cyclists. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.
Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Highways, said: “The council is investing over £500,000 in this essential maintenance work. Our staff will be liaising with local residents, schools, transport providers and the emergency services to try and minimise disruption as much as possible. We will be working hard with our contractor to get the works done as soon as possible but there will inevitably be some disruption and we would advise drivers to plan ahead and allow extra time for journeys. We have also put in place a phasing plan for the works to avoid the closure of the full stretch of road.”
Should you have any questions or concerns regarding these works then please contact the Cumbria Highways Hotline on 0300 3032992 (Option 4 Copeland) or via email at [email protected].