People are being reminded that Burton will be very much open for business during essential works on Burton Bridge this summer.
Work to strengthen and safeguard the iconic bridge is due to start on Monday, 18th June and will be completed in time for the start of the school term in September.
One lane on the bridge will remain open to traffic into Burton and access will be maintained for cyclists and pedestrians to encourage people to continue to visit and support the town.
Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said:
The strengthening of Burton Bridge is absolutely vital if people and businesses are to continue to benefit from its use for years to come.
We recognise that this scheme by its very nature will cause some level of inevitable disruption, but we hope by keeping one lane open into Burton for traffic as well as making sure pedestrians and cyclists can still cross, that people will very much continue to support the town and local businesses.
After listening to people, we have rescheduled the works to take place over the quieter summer months, but would still ask people who use the bridge on a daily basis to think about their journeys now and if they can make any changes. If people do need to cross at peak times then we would ask them to plan ahead and allow extra time.”
After listening to the views of residents and businesses, and also taking on board the views of the emergency services on traffic management, the 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 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 7.30 a.m. to 16.30 p.m. seven days a week, with additional twilight shifts from 16:30 p.m. to 22:30 p.m. 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 and the bridge will be fully closed overnight and reopen at 6am.
Access will be maintained for cyclist and pedestrians
The bridge has served the town well for more than 150 years, but this Government funding means we now have the opportunity to safeguard its use for many more years to come.
I would like to thank people for their understanding and ask them to bear with use while this important project is completed.”
People can find out more about the plans and sign up for updates at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/burtonbridges