MORE than £160,000 of improvements is to be ploughed in a road which will see 2,000 homes built over the next 15 years.
It will mean that Walton Road, Drakelow will be subject to long road closures from Monday until May 30 to allow major work on Drakelow Bridge, which is just south of the approved major Drakelow Park development.
Derbyshire County Council has apologised to motorists who will be affected by the long standing closures and diversions while ‘essential work’ is completed.
Workers will be replacing the original bridge decking in Walton Road with a concrete/steel filler beam deck which will cost £140,000.
The filler beam deck consists of a concrete slab with stiff reinforcement made of rolled beams and reinforcement of steel bars - usually used for railway bridges but are now widely and effectively used for road bridges.
While the bridge work is ongoing, the council said it will take the opportunity to also complete some resurfacing work further down the same road which will cost a further £22,000.
A spokesman for the council said: “The road will be closed at Walton Road between February 24 and May 30 to put in new bridge deck and diversions will be in place.
“During that time we will be resurfacing at the junction of Walton Road and Caldwell Road North.
“We apologise for any inconvenience during this time but this is essential work and we ask that people bear with us.”
The resurfacing work is due to be completed on March 3.
While the cash injection is not connected, it comes as work starts on Drakelow Park which will see £4.2 million investment into highways as part of a compensation-agreement by the developers.
It will also mean the construction and completion of Walton Bypass, as well as a new primary school, healthcare facilities, neighbourhood centres and a £3.8 million contribution towards secondary education.
However, the council later confirmed that the cash ploughed into the Drakelow Bridge work has come purely from council taxpayers money and not from the Drakelow Park.