A major project to carry out essential repairs to Burton Bridge has moved into its third week and is fully on schedule for completion before the start of the new school term.
This week the tram tracks, which were exposed from under the road surface as part of the works, will be removed. The highways team is looking to salvage a section of the track and is considering options for its preservation.
When all the tram tracks have been removed a new surface will be laid. This work will take place towards the end of the week.
Traffic flows continue to be better than anticipated, but the county council’s highways engineers are continuing to monitor the situation and will alter signals if needed. Due to the nature of the works and the necessary diversion there is some build-up of traffic at peak times and people are being advised to plan their journey and allow additional travel time.
One lane of the bridge remains open to traffic into Burton to encourage people to visit the town and support local businesses. This also allows the emergency services to plan and manage their journeys. Cyclists and pedestrians can also use the bridge.
After listening to residents and businesses the county council postponed the Burton Bridge from the New Year. The length of the scheme has also been reduced by three weeks and one lane into Burton has been kept open for traffic.
Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport Helen Fisher said:
The Burton Bridge repair project works are fully on schedule and our crews are working hard to complete them as soon as possible.
This week the tram tracks will be removed from the bridge and some sections will be salvaged. The crews can then start to lay the new surface on the bridge deck. We are continuing to monitor the traffic flow but are generally pleased with how it has been.
While the work is essential to safeguard the bridge’s future we understand there will be some disruption so would again like to thank people for the patience.”
People can find out more and sign up for updates at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/burtonbridges