Fears that roadworks may cause lorry chaos

Fears that roadworks may cause lorry chaos

LORRIES could get stuck in Mirfield once roadworks at an accident blackspot begin on Monday, a councillor has warned.

The B6118 Bellstring Lane/Liley Lane between Grange Moor and Kirkheaton is to get new ‘high friction’ surfacing after a series of recent crashes.

Coun Martyn Bolt (Con, Mirfield) fears that late notice and a lack of signs may see traffic forced into u-turns.

He said: “The road is a major throughfare and is often used as a shortcut to the motorways.

“The last thing I want to see is vehicles having to come through Mirfield – lorries will find we have some very low bridges.”

He added: “Not only would we face disruption, there could be regional disruption as well.

“If a lorry was to get stuck on Station Road, the railway line would have to be closed to allow for damage to the bridge to be checked.”

In February, commuters faced hours of delays when a lorry crashed into the bridge.

Work on the B6118 could take two weeks and runs from the Hare and Hounds pub to Highgate Lane.

Since Christmas there have been a string of accidents, though the cause is still officially unknown.

Speeding, weather, worn road surfaces and mud from lorries coming out of nearby quarries have been blamed.

Coun Bolt said: “If the primary cause is speeding, then a ‘safer’ surface could lead drivers to think they can go even faster.

“If it is mud, then that needs stopping. They would be breaking the law in dropping mud.

“They would also be breaking planning conditions by not ensuring their wheels are washed effectively.”

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