Preliminary strengthening works on Burton Bridge will start next week ahead of a major improvement scheme planned for later in the summer.
The work is part of a £6.1million refurbishment scheme to safeguard the future use of both St. Peter’s Bridge and Burton Bridge.
The majority of the work is being carried out from beneath the bridge and will not affect traffic using the bridge. However the footway/cycleway that runs under the first span of the bridge will be diverted during the works. This phase of the scheme will start on Tuesday 8 May and is expected to take around 12 weeks to complete with resurfacing and upgrading of gullies starting in June.
Mark Deaville, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for highways, said:
“This is an important investment in the gateways to Burton and will help make a real difference to the long term prosperity of people in the town.
“These are vital improvement works which mean the bridges will be free of unplanned and disruptive maintenance work in the future. This strengthening work on Burton Bridge, ahead of the bigger scheme in the summer, is all being done beneath the bridge so traffic will not be affected and all lanes will remain open as normal.”
The works on Burton Bridge planned for later in the summer follow extensive refurbishments on St Peter’s Bridge last year which were completed in the autumn ahead of schedule.
The funding for the project is part of the multi-million pound Highway Challenge Fund being delivered by the Department for Transport.