DRIVERS have been warned to expect eight weeks of disruption and delays when work begins on improving a pedestrian crossing in the centre of Mytholmroyd.
Work is due to start next week on widening and repaving the footpath outside the Memorial Gardens and reducing the width of Burnley Road.
According to Calderdale Council, the changes should encourage motorists to drive more slowly and give that section of road more of a “town feel”.
Contractors will be on site seven days a week.
“Unfortunately, this will mean that temporary traffic lights will be operating 24 hours a day in order to make the best use of the time available,” said a council spokesman.
“The lights will be manned during peak times and we apologise for any inconvenience this might cause but, in the long run, it will allow the work to be completed in the shortest time.”
The work is the first phase of improvements resulting from the Mytholmroyd District Traffic Review.
Improvements will also be made to the junction of New Road with Burnley Road.
Consultation through Traffic Review has produced the suggestion that signals should be installed at the New Road junction.
But that has been ruled out because articulated lorries have difficulty turning onto Mytholmroyd Bridge when vehicles are travelling over it in the opposite direction.
“The bridge is narrow and would require a ‘stop line’ for the traffic signals to be located on the church-side of the bridge.
“This, along with the location of the bus stops close to/within the junction area, would lead to a sub-standard layout which wouldn’t lend itself to an efficient junction.”
Work on New Road is still subject to consultation and final agreement later this year.
Further information about the scheme is available on the Streetcare hotline on 0845 245 7000.