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Forthcoming roadworks on Smithy Bridge Road and Old Road will cause disruption and delays

Date published: 16 January 2018


Work starting on Smithy Bridge Road and Old Road on Saturday 10 February until Friday 16 February will cause disruption and delays in the area.

The works, required by United Utilities to renew existing apparatus located in the carriageway, have been attempted previously, however due to a number of engineering difficulties they were unsuccessful and incomplete.

To safely facilitate the works there will be: 

  • One-way working in a northerly direction on Smithy Bridge Road, in so far as vehicles will not be permitted to travel along Smithy Bridge Road in a southerly direction from its junction with Halifax Road to its junction with Lightburn Avenue.
  • One-way working in a westerly direction on Old Road, in so far as vehicles will not be permitted to travel along Old Road in an easterly direction from its junction with Calliards Road to its junction with Smithy Bridge Road.
  • A closure of Whitegate at its junction with Smithy Bridge Road for safety reasons.
  • A lane closure on Halifax Road to prevent vehicles from turning right from Halifax Road onto Smithy Bridge Road.

The alternative route for vehicles affected by the one-way working on Smithy Bridge Road is via Halifax Road, Albert Royds Street, Rochdale Road, Bridge Street, Kiln Lane, Wildhouse Lane, Milnrow Road and Smithy Bridge Road. All diversions will be clearly signed on street. 

A United Utilities spokesperson said: ”We have tried to minimise the amount of disruption to traffic by ensuring that the works are carried out during the school holidays.

“We have asked that advanced signs are put in place to advise motorists of the works and to expect delays.

“We have also requested that residents and businesses immediately affected by their works are letter dropped/notified in advance.”

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