Motorists are being advised to allow extra time for peak-time journeys as essential work to safeguard the future use of Burton Bridge gets underway this morning (June 18).
One lane of the bridge into Burton is open, but remaining traffic is now being diverted via St Peter’s Bridge during the scheme, which will strengthen, resurface and improve drainage on the iconic bridge. Cyclists and pedestrians will continue to be able to use the bridge during the scheme.
Signalling engineers will be on site today to monitor traffic movement around junctions and make real-time changes to signals where necessary to help improve the flow of traffic
Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said:
Burton Bridge has served the town well for more than 150 years, but this work is now essential to make sure the people and businesses of Burton can benefit from the bridge for many more years to come.
Although we all know this work needs to be done, I recognise too the significant impact this will have on some people’s journeys and that’s why we have taken steps to help mitigate the impact where possible, including reducing the length of the scheme and keeping one lane open into Burton.
We have asked people to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys from this morning. Our signalling engineers will be on site to look at how the town is managing and we will be making live adjustments if necessary to try and help ease any congestion spots across the town.
The bridge is hugely important for the town and its economy and we would ask people to bear with us while this vital work is completed.”
The work on Burton Bridge is part of a £6.1m project to safeguard the future use of both Burton Bridge and St Peter’s Bridge and people can find out more and sign up for updates by visiting www.staffordshire.gov.uk/burtonbridges
After listening to the views of residents and businesses, and also taking on board the views of the emergency services on traffic management, the county council has confirmed:
• The rescheduled work will start on 18th June and finish in time for the start of the new school term in September—a reduction of three weeks on the original plans.
• One lane on the bridge will now remain open, instead of the previously proposed full closure of all four lanes. This will be into Burton to allow emergency services to manage journeys over the bridges and encourage people to support businesses in the town.
• Extra crews will be deployed. During the scheme work will be carried out from 7.30am to 4.30pm seven days a week, with additional twilight shifts from 4:30pm to 10:30pm Monday to Friday – except when curing time for materials is necessary. Overnight working is not possible for the full duration of the scheme because of the impact of noise on nearby residential areas. Some overnight work will be needed towards the end of the project to apply the final carriageway surface. In this case, the bridge will be fully closed overnight and reopen at 6am.
• Access will be maintained for cyclist and pedestrians.