Road users in Burton are set to benefit from a major investment at one of the town’s main bridges.
The £6.1m investment in St. Peter’s Bridge will include the replacement of bearings, safeguarding the future use of the bridge for HGVs while boosting access for businesses and securing skilled jobs locally.
The funding is part of the multi-million pound Highway Challenge Fund announced today (1 August 2017) by the Department for Transport. Nineteen projects across the country will receive a share of £75 million of government investment for essential road maintenance, to refurbish bridges, improve junctions and boost flood defenses
Mark Deaville, Cabinet Member for Commercial at Staffordshire County Council said:
“Good roads are important for local communities and for businesses, not just for getting from A to B safely, but for supporting economic growth and better access to jobs, education and learning.
“The investment is great news and will make a real difference to the long term prosperity of people in the town. The improvements will ensure that these bridges, which form a vital link through Burton, will be free of unplanned and disruptive maintenance work in the future, and help support local businesses and safeguard economic growth.”
Transport Minister Jesse Norman said:
“We are taking the big decisions for Britain’s future by investing in the infrastructure the country needs and ensuring motorists have the well maintained roads they expect and deserve.
This investment will enable councils to repair roads and key infrastructure like bridges – boosting reliability on our roads so people can stay connected with family, friends and employment, while also keeping businesses connected with customers.”
Plans are currently being finalised to deliver the works within the DfT’s required timescale.