A major repair scheme at Burton’s St Peter’s Bridge is now ahead of schedule and it will open again in time for the town’s Christmas lights switch-on.
The repairs are part of a £6.1million project to refurbish both St Peter’s Bridge and Burton Bridge. St Peter’s Bridge was originally due to open at the end of November, but the project team has worked hard to bring this forward. It will now open on November 18.
Waterproofing the St Peter’s Bridge deck was completed over a week ago and its resurfacing is progressing well. The repairs are absolutely crucial and must be done to safeguard the future use of both St Peter’s Bridge and Burton Bridge.
Burton Bridge will now be repaired next summer after the county council held a consultation with people and businesses to ask when they wanted the work to be carried out.
Mark Deaville, the county council’s cabinet member with overall responsibility for the scheme, said:
We’re pleased to today be able to confirm that due to the success of the scheme and hard work of the project team, we will be able to open St Peter’s Bridge to traffic on November 18 – well ahead of schedule.
It is a real bonus to have the bridge open the day before the Christmas lights switch on as we know what an important event this is for the town and we want to spread the message that Burton is very much open for business.
This repair work has been complex and it was vital that we carried it out as soon as we knew we had received the funding from the Government.
We would again like to thank the people and businesses of Burton for their patience and understanding during the works period. We will be doing all we can to promote Burton businesses in the run-up to Christmas.”
The project has involved bearing replacement work on St Peter’s Bridge, meaning HGVs and buses can continue to access the town in the future. Waterproofing and resurfacing has also taken place. Without these vital improvements lorries and buses would not be able to use the bridge by 2019 and it would eventually have had to be closed.
At the request of local businesses, the county council introduced free parking at its on street parking bays in Lichfield Street and Manor Croft. It also brought in temporary parking restrictions in Stapenhill Road and High Street to ensure the streets are clear. The crews are work on St Peter’s Bridge whenever needed from 7.30am to 10.30pm on weekdays and from 7.30am to 4.30pm on Saturdays.
People can find out more about the scheme by visiting: www.staffordshire.gov.uk/burtonbridges