Footpaths on Burton Bridge are being surfaced this week with kerbs and drains also being installed as a major improvement project reaches its sixth week.
This week the last sections of the old trams track have been removed, with some sections being stored by East Staffordshire Borough Council. Sections of track have also gone to Statfold Barn Railway near Tamworth.
The old road surface has now been dug out and the project is well on schedule for completion by the end of the school summer holidays. It is now in its sixth week.
Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport Helen Fisher said:
It’s pleasing to see the scheme progressing so well and on schedule for completion in a matter of weeks. I’m looking forward to viewing the work and meeting the highways teams this week.
We are continuing to monitor traffic flow but are generally pleased with it. We are still asking people to allow additional time for their journeys and would again like to thank people for their patience while work is carried out.”
Due to the nature of the works and the necessary diversion there is some build-up of traffic at peak times and so 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.