A61 work to improve Dronfield bypass

Surface dressing a five-mile stretch of the A61 Dronfield bypass, between Unstone and Chesterfield, starting the first week in July.

The work will be carried out in stages, starting on Friday 5 July and is due to be completed by Tuesday 13 August 2019.

Between these dates, weekday closures will be in place from 7pm to 6am allowing the road to remain open during the day.

The first phase of the work will involve patching and carrying out minor repairs in preparation for surface dressing the section of the road from Bowshaw roundabout to Whittington Moor roundabout.

The road will remain open during the day on Saturday 13 July before closing again at midnight. It will then reopen again at 6am on Monday 15 July.

It will also be open during the day on Saturday 20 July and close again, at midnight, reopening at 6am on Monday 22 July.

During these weekend overnight closures chippings will be laid and rolled.

Further weekday closures will be in place from 7pm to 6am from Monday 22 July until Tuesday 13 August when the work is expected to be completed. This is so excess chippings can be swept away and white line road markings be reinstated.

During the closures, signposted diversions will be in place. The alternative route is:

  • the A61 Chesterfield Road
  • the A6012 Norton Avenue/Ridgeway Road
  • City Road/Hurlfield Road, the A6135 to junction 30 of the M1
  • the A616
  • the A619 through Staveley to Chesterfield
  • the A61 to Whittington Moor roundabout

and vice versa.

Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, Councillor Simon Spencer, said:

“Keeping Derbyshire moving is a top priority for us which is why we are doing as much of the work as we can at less busy times to keep disruption to a minimum.

“This is a major road and these are vital work to keep the road in a condition which is safe and reliable for all road users. We will carry the work out as quickly as possible and get the bypass fully reopen at the earliest opportunity.”

Surface dressing is a way of extending the life of a road surface by another 10 to 15 years.

First, any potholes are mended, then a layer of bitumen is put down which acts as a kind of glue to the chippings which are rolled on top. Driving over the chippings helps to further bed them in.

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