More than £200,000 is being spent in two weeks to improve Burton’s roads ahead of the start of major improvement works on Burton Bridge next Monday (June 18).
Highways crews are carrying checks and patching repairs along the proposed diversion route to ensure the roads are in the best shape possible to cope with the extra traffic over the coming weeks.
Last week the team carried out repairs at a number of sites overnight including Horninglow Street, Swan Junction and Orchard Street. This week the crews will be working in Derby Street before moving to High Street and then St Peter’s Island. Work is carried out from 7pm to minimise the disruption to traffic.
Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said:
With such a major scheme as this we need to make sure the roads on the diversion route are as good as they can be and we are carrying out last minute checks and repairs to make sure that this is the case.
In total more than £200,000 is being spent in just two weeks which will not only ensure that the diversion route is in good shape, but means the roads will be more resilient to potholes in the future, which is good news for the town.”
The work on Burton Bridge is part of a £6.1m project to safeguard the future use on both Burton Bridge and St Peter’s Bridge. One lane on Burton Bridge into Burton will remain open while the vital strengthening, resurfacing and drainage works take place. Cyclists and pedestrians will be able to cross the bridge throughout the scheme.
The county council has also organised drop-in events over two days for people to find out more about the work which will run until early September.
The first will be at the Burton Bridge Inn in Bridge Street to from 2pm to 7pm on Wednesday, June 13th to allow businesses and residents to attend. This will be in the upstairs room, but the team will be happy to speak to people on the ground floor.
The following day the drop-in event moves to the ground floor of Burton Library where members of the team will again be on hand from noon to 2pm on June 14th to answer any questions.
The information will remain on display in the library and people can also find out more about the scheme and sign up for updates at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/burtonbridges
After listening to the views of residents and businesses, and also taking on board the views of the emergency services on traffic management, the council confirmed:
• The rescheduled work will start on 18th June and finish in time for the start of the new school term in September. A reduction of three weeks on the original plans.
• One lane on the bridge will now remain open, instead of the proposed full closure of all four lanes. This will be into Burton to allow emergency services to manage journeys over the bridges and encourage people to support businesses in the town
• Extra crews will be deployed. During the scheme work will be carried out from 7.30am to 4.30pm seven days a week, with additional twilight shifts from 4:30pm to 10:30pm Monday to Friday – except when curing time for materials is necessary. Overnight working is not possible for the full duration of the scheme because of the impact of noise on nearby residential areas. Some overnight work will be needed towards the end of the project to apply the final carriageway surface and the bridge will be fully closed overnight and reopen at 6am.
• Access will be maintained for cyclist and pedestrians