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Kex Gill Latest: Permanent repair works announced for A59

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Published by Lisa Darvill at 10:26pm 25th September 2018. (Updated at 10:28pm 25th September 2018)

Permanent repairs for the A59 at Kex Gill have been announced by North Yorkshire County Council. 

The project, which will take eight weeks, was revealed at a busy public meeting earlier tonight. It means, if the work stays on schedule, both lanes of the A59 will be open to traffic by December. 

There are still temporary lights in place at Kex Gill following the latest closure back in Spring, when movement was detected under the carriageway.

The temporary lights will stay for the first seven weeks of the roadworks, which are due to get underway on the 8th October. 

However the road will be closed completely for the final week of the project in late November. 

North Yorkshire County Council is reassuring residents and businesses disruption will be kept to a minimum. 

Executive Member for Highways, Councillor Don Mackenzie said: 

"The full closure will be in order to relay the road surface and to upgrade the drainage. 

"I think people here recognise that a few days of closure to get the road open on a permanent basis is well worth it."

The work is weather dependent, but Councillor Mackenzie is confident it won't be delayed. 

He added: 

"I think those risks are very small. October and November are not usually as bad as January and February. I think we'll be able to keep to the timetable pretty well."

The plan was welcomed by a number of business on the A59, who reported a loss of trade during the recent closures. 

Lee Abbott from Fewston Farm Shop said:

"I'm positive. They're going to try and keep it open and just do a week closure, so it's going to be better for businesses and locals. All being well what they say is going to happen.

"The only concern is why have they left it until winter if they're going to keep the traffic light system? They could've done it under a traffic light system in the summer months. But obviously they know the answers.

"They're trying their best so hopefully this time it's going to be the best for all of us."

The council's long term plan is to realign the road away from Kex Gill. Subject to funding, they hope this work will be able to start in early 2020. 

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