SCARBOROUGH motorists are bracing themselves for further disruption as one of the main routes into the town is resurfaced over the next three weeks.
Businesses and individuals will have to find alternative routes as work on Scalby Road, the second phase of a £2.5 million programme of resurfacing works in Scarborough, is due to begin tonight.
Contractors have just completed work on Burniston Road and further resurfacing will take place in Filey Road as well as Westborough and Falsgrave Road once the current project has been completed.
Work is due to be carried out between 7pm and 2am, in an effort to minimise disruption.
The Scalby Road work work is on the stretch between Newby Farm Road and the Proudfoots store.
Ian Proudfoot, the managing director of the Proudfoot supermarket chain, said he had been assured by engineers that customers would still be able to get in and out of the Newby store up to the 9pm closing time.
He said: “They said they would help us to maintain our access to 100 per cent throughout our usual opening hours.”
He added that systems would be in place to allow continued access even when the road was closed and he was confident that people would be aware of the situation and make allowances.
Graeme Young, the chief executive of Scarborough Rugby Club, said they were aware of the work and would alert members about what was happening and suggested alternative routes.
He said: “We do support the work because a good quality road surface is in everybody’s interests – it’s difficult to resurface a road without closing it.
“We as a club have a very can-do attitude and support positive things. While there may be a short term disruption that is far outweighed by the long term benefits.”
Cllr Andrew Backhouse, Scarborough Council’s portfolio Holder for Highways and Transport, said the funding was from a total of between £6 and £7 million for the whole of North Yorkshire and was to repair damage to roads caused during recent harsh winters.
He said: “Scarborough has done very well out of the sharing of the money received – that’s recognition of the population, our tourist routes and the vehicle movements around our A roads.”
He said that the surface which was being put down was of a very high specification and could last for up to 25 years – subject to work carried out by utilities companies. He said: “We just hope that they return the surface to the same standard.”
He said he was pleased with the completed work in Burniston Road. “It’s been managed very well and they’ve stuck to the time scale of the job – they always wanted to be off road by Friday. We’ve had some very favourable weather conditions.
“The overall benefit of the work will be seen for years to come.”
A North Yorkshire County Council spokesman said the work was to repair the damage caused to the road surfaces in last winter’s deep frosts. He added: “This next stage of the work involves the complete resurfacing of Scalby Road from and including the Coldyhill Lane junction through to the Sea Cut Bridge.
“The work in this location is expected to take up to three weeks to complete and will be carried out during the evening and into the night, rather than in normal working hours, as the close proximity of a number of amenities – schools, colleges and the hospital – would mean significant disruption during daytime hours.”
He added the road would be closed on week nights only and all closures would be signed both in advance and locally and recommended diversion routes would be signed. He said: “Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times and vehicular access to premises will be maintained whenever possible.”
Similar work will take place in:
l Filey Road between Queen Margaret’s Road and Wheatcroft Avenue
l Westborough and Falsgrave Road from the Railway Station through to Scalby Road
l Barry’s Lane
l Grosvenor Road
l St Nicholas Cliff
l and part of upper Castle Road.