First phase of £120m A629 scheme is complete - here's what is planned next

The first phase of the massive £120m A629 improvement scheme is now complete after 15 months.

Wednesday, 5th December 2018, 10:47 am
Updated Wednesday, 5th December 2018, 11:50 am
First phase of the 120m A629 project is now complete

Here we take a look back at the scheme, what has been done, why the work was delayed and when the next phase of the work will begin.

The Salterhebble phase of the A629 scheme began in August 2017. It was estimated that the project would take 52 weeks to complete.
As part of the project, 5000 tonnes of soil have been removed to widen the highway to four lanes.
Two junctions have been remodelled and 6000 soil bags and seven million seeds have been used to help create a living wall.
Pedestrian and cycle lanes have also been included in a bid to make journeys more safer.
There were some major setbacks to the project which resulted the project not being completed on time. Workers had to contend with the discovery of three uncharted stone arch culverts from the time of the industrial revolution.
On top of making the unusual discovery workers had to battle against the Beast from the East in one of the harshest winters for some time.
The work on the A629 scheme has been funded through West Yorkshire Combined Authoritys West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund
Final milestones have been reached with the seeding of the innovative living wall alongsideSalterhebbleHill, the reopening of Dryclough Lane and resurfacing of 3km of highway that runs fromSalterhebbleto the new Shaw Hill junction.
Now smart mova technology will be installed on all of the traffic signals, which will monitor traffic flow throughout the area and adapt the signals to help keep vehicles moving.
Now completed, this first project paves the way for further improvements in the next major part of the scheme the Calder and Hebble junction.
This project will include the demolition of the building on the western side ofSalterhebbleHill adjacent to Bankhouse Lane, to create a continuous dual carriageway in both directions through to Elland Wood Bottom and remove the temporary lane merges