A major project to carry out essential repairs to Burton Bridge is progressing well with works moving to other side of the road.
The footpaths and kerbs are now being removed and the old road surface dug out. Original kerbing from the footpaths is being removed and retained. This will then be reinstalled towards the end of the week.
The old tram tracks on this side of the bridge are also being removed and some sections will be kept and stored by East Staffordshire Borough Council.
Now in its fifth week, the project is well on schedule for completion by the end of the school summer holidays.
Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport Helen Fisher said:
Our crews have now moved over to the other side of the bridge and the progress of the work continues at pace. We are well on schedule to finish at the end of August.
The teams will be reinstalling the original kerbing to maintain the bridge’s heritage and sections of the old tram track stored by the borough council.
We are generally pleased with the traffic flows and will continue to monitor the situation and can alter the signals if needed. I’d again like to thank people for their patience while work is carried out.”
Due to the nature of the works and the necessary diversion there is some build-up of traffic at peak times and so people are being advised to plan their journey and allow additional travel time.
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.