Work to strip back old waterproofing and pavements on St Peter’s Bridge in Burton continues this week with the major repair scheme progressing well as it enters its third week.
The £6.1m project will see vital strengthening work to allow HGVs to continue to access the town.
Over the last week the project team has also been working on the new bearing designs and introduced a revised traffic control signal plan in Burton to help reduce congestion during peak hours. From next Monday the bridge bearings and deck joints will begin to be replaced as the remaining road surface is removed.
Last week also saw the beginning of both daytime and twilight working on site, meaning work is carried out on site from 7.30am to 10.30pm. This will help to get the work completed as quickly as possible.
The county council has been working with bus operators to minimise disruption to passengers, with some putting on additional services. Some routes and stops may have temporarily changed so people are being advised to check current timetables before they travel.
Mark Deaville, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member responsible for highways, said:
The St Peter’s Bridge repair project is progressing well and we’re pleased to have been able to extend the working hours. We have also introduced a revised signal plan to improve traffic flow at peak times. These are really vital improvements which will ensure that the bridge, which forms a vital link through the town, will be free of unplanned and disruptive maintenance work in the future, and help support local businesses and economic growth. Once again we’d like to thank people for their understanding while the work is carried out.”
Traffic is being diverted via Burton Bridge and pedestrians via Ferry Bridge and the project should be completed by the end of November.
People can find out more about the project, diversions and public transport arrangements at http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/burtonbridges