Roadworks misery keeps on coming all through the weekend

Roadworks on Denby Dale Road
Roadworks on Denby Dale Road

Drivers face further delays this weekend while urgent repairs are carried out at a flood-hit roundabout.

Work started yesterday to unblock drains underneath Denby Dale Road at the roundabout with junction 39 of the M1 motorway.

It means one lane will be closed on the roundabout, which was flooded earlier this month after heavy rainfall.

Wakefield Council said its highways team has identified a blockage five metres under the road and work will continue all weekend and possibly into next week.

As a result Yorkshire Water has delayed its scheme to lay 700 metres of new sewers under Denby Dale Road and Durkar Lane in Crigglestone.

That was due to start on Monday, but will now start a week later.

But Northern Powergrid will continue to replace damaged cables underneath the stretch of road near the Holmfield Arms. It means two lanes will be closed at Thornes Lane Roundabout all weekend.

City MP Mary Creagh has criticised Yorkshire Water saying the company’s work to lay sewers for a new housing development will cause disruption.

Planned work will mean Durkar Lane, at the junction with Howard Crescent, will be closed for up to seven months.

And further sections will be closed, when needed, until September.

In a letter Ms Creagh said: “I am very concerned about the closure of this stretch of Durkar Lane for such a long period of time and the disruption this will cause to both local residents and road users in the area.

“The area affected is an extremely busy stretch of Durkar Lane as it joins a major roundabout connecting to both the M1 and Denby Dale Road.”

A spokeswoman for Yorkshire Water confirmed they had received Ms Creagh’s letter and would look into the issues raised by her and residents during a public meeting last Thursday.

This will include the impact on bus routes.