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New road surface laid on Burton Bridge as project reaches fourth week

A new base layer has been laid on one side of the road on Burton Bridge and its footway resurfaced.

The project has moved into its fourth week and is on schedule for completion by the end of the school summer holidays.

Remaining sections of the old tram track will also be removed this week with some sections being preserved. All works on the north side of the bridge will have been completed by tomorrow.

Traffic flows continue to be better than anticipated, but the county council’s highways engineers are continuing to monitor the situation and will alter signals if needed.

Due to the nature of the works and the necessary diversion there is some build-up of traffic at peak times and people are being advised to plan their journey and allow additional travel time.

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport Helen Fisher said:

People using Burton Bridge over the weekend will have seen a big difference with the new base layer being laid to a section of the road and newly surfaced footway.

We’re now into the fourth week of the project and we’re pleased with how it is progressing. Our crews will also be removing the last sections of the old tram tracks this week.

We’re continuing to monitor traffic flows but are generally happy with it. While the work is essential to safeguard the bridge’s future we understand there will be some disruption so would again like to thank people for the patience.”

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 and one lane into Burton has been kept open for traffic.
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