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 on Monday (June 18).
One lane of the bridge into Burton will remain open, but remaining traffic will be 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.
Over the past two weeks more than £200,000 has been invested in improving the roads on the diversion route to make sure they can cope with extra traffic and are also now more resilient to potholes in the future.
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. With this major scheme, we can now make sure the people and businesses of Burton can benefit from the bridge for many more years to come.
“Some level of disruption is unfortunately inevitable in a scheme of this scale and we are asking people to plan ahead, allow more time if travelling at peak times and use alternative routes if possible.
“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.