Resurfacing work due on Melton Road

Published on 25 May 2017

A SECTION of Melton Road is due to be resurfaced during the forthcoming school holidays.

Work will be carried out to repair potholes, cracks and sunken joints on an inbound stretch of the A607 between the city boundary and the entrance to the Sainsbury’s superstore near the Troon Way junction.

The route is very heavily used by commuters and visitors, and repairing the road surface will improve the journey for car users and cut traffic noise levels for local residents.

Work will take place from 5pm on Saturday, May 27, through to 5.30am on Tuesday, May 30. During that time, the inbound (southbound) carriageway of Melton Road will be closed to traffic. 

The carriageway surface will be removed, with repairs made to the foundations and joints where previous utility works have been carried out. Then the road will be resurfaced, new markings painted on, and traffic loops replaced.

A diversion will be in place for traffic via the A46 Leicester Western Bypass, the A6 Loughborough Road and the A563 Watermead Way, with locally signed arrangements for other residential traffic.

The work is costing about £100,000 and is part of the city council’s annual highway capital maintenance programme, which this financial year will see £3.7million invested in road repairs across the city. 

City Highways director at Leicester City Council, Martin Fletcher, said: “Melton Road is a key gateway into the city for commuters, and this particular section is in very poor condition.

“We’re carrying out the work during the school holidays, when traffic is significantly lighter. The nature of the work involved means we’ll need to close the city-bound (southbound) carriageway.

“Access to Sainsbury’s will continue as normal, and we’ll be clearly signposting diversion routes to make sure people know what is happening. Pedestrian access will also be unaffected. 

“The work will hugely improve the road surface and help it last longer, meaning a more comfortable journey for motorists, and less road noise for people living nearby.” 

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