Date Published: 28 May 2021
Rutland County Council is advising road users to expect short-term, temporary carriageway closures on some local routes during June while essential highways maintenance work is carried out.
Removal of road studs (cats eyes lane markers) to precede surface dressing of the road will take place on:
- Thursday 3 June on the A606 between Whitwell and Barnsdale
- Friday 4 June at Oakham level crossing, Melton Road
- Saturday 5 June on the A47 west of Uppingham roundabout and at Wireless Hill, South Luffenham
Surface dressing work is then scheduled for:
- Thursday 17 June on Main Street, Greetham, at Burley Bushes, Exton and on the B668, Barnsdale
- Friday 18 June on the A6003 between the Uppingham roundabout and the Harley Davidson garage
- Saturday 19 June on the A606 from Whitwell to Barnsdale and on the A47 west of to Uppingham roundabout
These are part of a programme of planned works to maintain the highway network, keep Rutland’s roads in a good condition and meet high standards of safety for all road users. Surface dressing is carried out each year, where preventative work is needed, and has to take place during the summer months when the weather is warmer. This timing is essential to enable the various materials to bind and meld creating a longer-lasting surface, so that more expensive, disruptive treatments and actions are avoided in the long-term.
Some of the works will take place on roads that form part of the diversion route for traffic traveling around the ongoing Manton Bridge repairs. However, the work will be carried out as quickly as possible to minimise any disruption and inconvenience. The Council has made specific arrangements for contractors to start work early in the morning so the roads can reopen as quickly as possible.
Drivers are advised to be aware of and follow any temporary speed limits, signage and other safety measures that are in place – particularly in days after new chippings have been applied to the road surface and are bedding in.
“We realise these road closures are an added inconvenience while the diversion on the A6003 is still in place, as Network Rail completes its project to replace the railway bridge at Manton. However, it is not possible to delay surface dressing at these other locations until after the A6003 reopens in July, because the timing and weather conditions are critical. Road closures and diversions are an inconvenience in a rural county like ours. However, they are unavoidable when improvements and much-needed maintenance must be undertaken. We would ask drivers to please be patient on our roads for the next few weeks, and to plan ahead to allow extra time for your journey.” Councillor Lucy Stephenson, Cabinet Member for Highways
The diversion route for works on the A47 is as follows: For Oakham and Stamford, follow A47 to the B6047 junction, continue to Melton Mowbray, Join the A606 headed for Oakham. For Stamford continue along the A606. Reciprocal route applies.
The diversion route for works on the A606 Whitwell is as follows: Follow A606 to the Burley Park Way roundabout, Join the B668 toward the A1 at Stretton, follow the A1 Southbound to the junction of the A606. Reciprocal route applies.
Upgrades to the surfacing at Oakham level crossing on Melton Road will require a full closure at the crossing from 7.00pm on Friday 4 June until 6.15am on Monday 7 June. A signposted diversion will be in place for drivers, and pedestrians will be able to use the footbridge next to the crossing.
Recent information about roadworks taking place in Rutland can be found on the Council’s website at: www.rutland.gov.uk/roadworks. You can also see live updates for Rutland’s road network and sign up for email alerts via then national one.network website.