Major works will get underway in Mytholmroyd next week as part of a £30m scheme to help protect the village from flooding.
The flow of traffic will need to be controlled to protect both the workforce and pedestrians during the construction of the new flood defences as the river is so close to the road.
Temporary traffic lights will be installed for around 96 weeks from 15 January 2018 so that vital works can be completed including new flood walls, the relocation of Caldene Bridge, widening the river channel at key locations, and strengthening and waterproofing buildings next to the river.
Helen Batt, Calder catchment director for the Environment Agency, said: “We appreciate that these works will cause disruption for local people but they are essential to allow the flood defence scheme to be constructed.
“We are working closely with our partners at Calderdale Council and other stakeholders to try and keep the impact of these works to a minimum, and will continue to do so. This includes using technology and staff to proactively manage congestion.
The scheme has been developed by the Environment Agency in partnership with Calderdale Council, the local community, and partners to protect 400 homes and businesses. Construction is being carried out by VBA Joint Venture and is expected to be completed by Winter 2019.
It will include:
- New, raised, improved flood walls
- The relocation of Caldene Bridge
- Widening of the river channel at key locations
- Strengthening and waterproofing of buildings next to the river.
Regular updates about the scheme are available through bulletins distributed in the village, twice weekly drop-in sessions at Mytholmroyd Community Centre on Tuesdays and Fridays and by visiting www.eyeoncalderdale.com
Over the past two years, the Environment Agency has completed more than 350 new flood schemes, protecting 100,000 homes nationally. This includes more than 16,000 in Cumbria and Lancashire, 10,000 in Yorkshire, and 9,000 in the South West – all areas hit by flooding in recent years.
From 2015 to 2021, the Environment Agency is investing £2.5 billion in in over 1,500 flood and coastal schemes. This will reduce the risk of flooding from rivers, the sea, groundwater and surface water and from coastal erosion for at least 300,000 homes nationally.