A team from Jackson Civil Engineering and Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council were awarded highly commended in the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) annual Yorkshire and Humber Awards for Project of the Year over £2m.
The project was funded by West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Transport Fund, which has been part-funded through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Growth Deal – a £1 billion package of funding to drive growth and job creation across the Leeds City Region.
Jackson Civil Engineering worked closely with Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council to undertake works and as part of the project, 5,000 tonnes of rock have been removed to widen the highway to four lanes on Salterhebble Hill. Two junctions have been remodelled and 6,000 soil bags plus seven million seeds have been used to help create a living wall to help improve local air quality by absorbing carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide. Pedestrian and cycle lanes have also been included, making for safer journeys
Pelican crossings have been upgraded to catenary style through crossing and smart ‘Mova’ technology has been installed on all of the traffic signals, which monitor traffic flow throughout the area and adapt the signals to help keep vehicles moving.
Together with the proposed A629 Calder and Hebble Junction project, it is estimated that journey times from the M62 to Halifax town centre will be reduced by 30% for cars, and up to 50% for buses. The built major improvement is forecast to generate an additional £2.3m of growth to the local economy per year, rising to £27.6m when the future phase is delivered
Calderdale Council Director for Regeneration and Strategy, Mark Thompson said: “It’s great news that the Salterhebble project has been nominated for a CECA award.
“This complex scheme is a vital part of the wider improvements to the A629, which will bring significant and lasting economic benefits to Calderdale.”
Jackson Contracts Manager, Craig Hardy said: “The project was delivered in a truly collaborative manner. This fostered an excellent site culture and aided planning and the smooth delivery of the scheme.
“The team also engaged with the local community and worked hard to minimise the impact of the project on the traveling public and the local residents along the widening route.”