Up Against A Brick Wall
Tuesday 13th October 2015 @ 14:19 by Lee Wild
Drivers travelling through Longdendale are facing three months of delays and the knock-on effect could be felt in Glossop.
Highways England will start building a six metre tall retaining wall on the A628 at Tintwistle on Monday.
This means there will be temporary traffic lights on a 100m stretch of the Woodhead road until Christmas.
Highways England say the lights are needed to protect the team building the wall as one lane of the road will be closed.
Contractors will build the wall opposite Chapel Brow in front of a dry stone wall that has significant structural problems. It has been regularly monitored to keep the A628 open.
Highways England project manager Stephen Wales accepts the road is a busy trans-Pennine route, but says the work has to be done.
He said: “The old wall has been in place for many years and is in need of urgent repairs.
“That’s why we need to build a new wall in front of it and fill in the gap with concrete to give it extra stability.
“We realise the A628 is already heavily congested, but it is essential that this work is carried out as quickly as possible.
“The temporary traffic lights, which will be staffed at all times, will be in place for the first three months of the work to ensure our contractors can carry it out safely.
“As soon as it is safe to do so, the traffic lights will be removed.”
The new retaining wall will be clad with stone so it is in keeping with the local area.