Jackson completes the £3.5m improvement scheme at Salterhebble Hill, Halifax on behalf of Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council, and the benefits of the project have been felt beyond those just travelling on the route.
The project included widening Salterhebble Hill to four lanes; installing new traffic light technology and improving facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, encouraging a healthier, cheaper and more environmentally friendly travel options.
The project also involved installing 500 steel soil nails into the rock surface of the hillside at Salterhebble to support its steep structure. The hill was then planted up to create a vertical garden to improve the air quality by absorbing carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide.
Where possible, the scheme used local materials and suppliers, with on-site equipment, building materials and scaffolding provided by local Calderdale businesses.
Over the duration of the project, Jackson engaged with the local community to ensure that they benefited from the work.
This included promoting careers in engineering and construction with local students at Park Lane Learning Trust and Crossley Heath School. They also worked with All Saints’ Junior and Infant School in Halifax, and shared their knowledge to help them build a fantastic model of the Humber Bridge for a construction industry competition.
During the project, four apprentices were also recruited to work alongside the construction team and work placements were offered to students from local colleges.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Strategy, Cllr Barry Collins, said: “The Salterhebble Hill phase of the A629 improvement programme has been one of the most complex engineering projects ever undertaken in Calderdale. Throughout the scheme, we’ve made every effort to ensure that the local community has had the opportunity to benefit from the expertise of the Council’s project team and its contractors.
“By working with local young people, providing apprenticeships and nurturing talent, the project has had far reaching benefits beyond the key objectives of improving traffic flow and facilities for cyclists and pedestrians.”
Jackson’s Regional Director, Brett Jarman said: “Civil Engineering is an industry that is both challenging and rewarding and needs to be promoted as a popular choice for young school leavers. At Jackson, we take this responsibility seriously and are proud to support, train, guide, mentor and upskill individuals, helping to play our role in safeguarding the future of the industry.”