Vital work to safeguard the future of a second Burton gateway is to get under way in June – after being postponed from the New Year.
The essential repairs to Burton Bridge will start on June 18 and are due to be completed before schools return for the start of the new term in September.
Despite initial plans for a complete closure of the bridge, engineers have now finalised a programme of repairs that will allow one lane in to Burton to be kept open – apart from two nights, when a full closure will be necessary.
The duration of the scheme has also been whittled down by a further three weeks by deploying crews to work an additional twilight shift.
Mark Deaville, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for the scheme, said:
“The £6.1m scheme to safeguard both gateways is hugely important for the people of Burton, as without this investment St Peter’s Bridge would ultimately have closed and drivers using Burton Bridge would have faced frequent delays due to on-going repairs.
“After gathering views from residents and businesses following the completion of St Peter’s Bridge we were happy to move the start date of the work until the Summer. As well as this we have been able to modify plans to avoid the full closure and also whittled down the duration of the works by a further three weeks.
“By doing this we can carry out much of the work during the school holidays, when roads are generally quieter and we plan to have the bridge fully open again for the start of the new school year.”
During the scheme, work will be carried out from 7.30am to 16.30pm seven days a week, with additional twilight shifts from 16:30pm to 22:30pm Monday to Friday – except when curing time for materials is necessary. Overnight working is not possible because of the impact of noise on nearby residential areas.
Access for cyclists and pedestrians using the bridge will be maintained throughout the scheme.
People can find out more about the scheme and sign up for regular updates at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/burtonbridges
“We will be working as hard as we can to keep the disruption to a minimum and very much want to encourage people to continue to support the town and its local businesses while the strengthening repairs are carried out.
“We are letting people know as soon as possible when the work will start so they can start to plan ahead and will be publicising more details about the scheme over the coming months.”