York & North Yorkshire

New camera closes A170 in North Yorkshire

One of North Yorkshire's main arterial roads is to close to allow for a new weather station and camera to be installed.

The equipment will provide remote monitoring and essential weather data to ensure the A170 at Sutton Bank remains passable to all vehicles.

The bank is an inland cliff with a drop of 140m and carries a main road, with a hairpin bend, up a steep gradient.

North Yorkshire County Council said incidents occurred there frequently.

It said accidents often involving heavy goods vehicles jack-knifing on the bank or shedding their loads caused major delays to traffic.

The camera and weather station aims to provide remote monitoring and essential weather data to ensure the bank remains passable to all vehicles.

Winter repairs

It should also enable highways authorities to respond quickly to any incidents or any changes in weather conditions.

At the same time as laying down an electrical supply to the camera and weather station, the county council's highways contractors will carry out a major programme of winter damage repairs.

The council said annual maintenance work on Sutton Bank would also be completed, including rock face inspection, removal of vegetation, carriageway patch resurfacing and crash barrier repairs.

Diversion routes will be in place.

The road will close on 11 October.

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