Preparations are continuing for overnight road closures on the A50 westbound to allow installation of a new bridge across the dual carriageway.
Six steel beams, each 47 metres long, are being delivered to the construction site near Uttoxeter.
The new bridge forms part of an upgraded junction with the A522 being delivered by Staffordshire County Council, on behalf of Highways England.
Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for Economic Growth, said:
Firstly these huge steel beams must be delivered to the compound by the westbound A50 and then, secondly, they must be prepared for installation, which involves lifting each one by crane for safety equipment to be attached.
This is delicate and potentially dangerous work which takes time to complete, so we’ve decided to do it all overnight to minimise disruption to motorists and Uttoxeter residents.”
The eastbound A50 will be unaffected by the closures, which are scheduled to take place on five consecutive nights from Monday, June 5th , to Friday, June 9th, and five consecutive nights from Monday, June 19th to Friday, June 23rd.
All closures will be between 8pm and 5.30am, apart from on Thursday, June 8th, when the westbound carriageway will close at 10pm.
The westbound A50 will be closed between the B5030 roundabout at Uttoxeter, where McDonald’s stands, and the A521 roundabout at Blythe Bridge.
Traffic will be diverted northwards from the A50 on to the B5030 for a few hundred yards to the roundabout with the A518. Traffic will turn right there, cross back over the A50 along The Dove Way and continue on the A518 clockwise around Uttoxeter and follow the road towards Stafford. Vehicles will then follow the A51 and A34 towards Stoke-on-Trent.
The Shell petrol station, which stands on the westbound carriageway a few hundred yards west of the B5030 roundabout, will open as normal and access will be maintained at all times via the A522.
Advance notices warning of the closures will be put in place by Highways England on its wider A-road and motorway network to encourage traffic to take alternative routes.
Mark Winnington said:
Traffic will be directed away from the A50 as much as possible and there will be a well signposted diversion in place for all traffic. I’d like to thank people in advance for their patience and understanding.”
Once delivery of the beams has begun there will be a 50mph temporary speed limit in place on the A50 westbound carriageway through the works area to support public and workforce safety.
The A50 is the most important transport link between the East and West Midlands and the planned improvements will also benefit major employers and their employees between Staffordshire and Derbyshire, making journeys quicker, easier and safer.