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Sutton Bank reopens

Sutton Bank has reopened this afternoon  after North Yorkshire County Council completed essential annual maintenance earlier than expected.

The bank, one of North Yorkshire’s most important transport links, carries the A170 up an extreme gradient, which means that annual maintenance is needed to ensure the road remains in good condition. The work this year included the annual inspection and maintenance of the rock face.

Sutton Bank was closed last Monday, 5 September for work expected to take a week, but contractors made good progress, enabling the road to open in time for today’s (Friday) peak time traffic.

“We always aim to get this work done as quickly as possible as we appreciate the inconvenience caused to the travelling public by the closure of such a major route,” said County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Highways.  “However, Sutton Bank is a vital part of the county’s highways network, and ensuring it remains in good order is essential.  It is not possible to do this work without closing the road, but as always everything has been done to complete the operation as quickly as possible, minimising the inconvenience.”

September is chosen for the annual maintenance so the work can be done outside the school summer holidays and be completed well before winter.

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