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The A522 will be closed completely near Uttoxeter for 10 weeks from July 16 to allow the new section of carriageway to be tied in with the improved A50 junction, pictured above.

Temporary road closure for major engineering work

Part of an A-road near Uttoxeter will be closed for 10 weeks to allow one of the final stages of a multi-million pound road junction.

The A522 will be completely closed to vehicles, just west of Tunnicliffe Way, 24-hours-a-day from July 16 to September 28.

The closure is to allow the removal of the embankment which raises the A522 up to the bridge which crosses the A50 dual carriageway.

Workers will lower the area by approximately 20 feet, to allow the installation of new drainage and utilities and the completion of the outstanding stretch of the new A522 carriageway, footpaths and street lighting to connect it to the new junction and bridge across the A50.

Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Economic Growth, said:

This major piece of engineering is on schedule to be completed later this year and this work is one of the last steps along the way.

We have deliberately scheduled this work to coincide with both the school holidays and the summer holiday closure of the JCB Heavy Products factory to minimise the inconvenience.”

The new bridge across the A50, together with three new roundabouts, new slip roads, link roads and the removal of the old bridge are being delivered by Staffordshire County Council, on behalf of Highways England, to support business and unlock land for new housing and economic growth.

Motorists travelling west on the A522 will be diverted on to the A50 at the B5030 McDonald’s roundabout and then leave the A50 at the new junction, use the new bridge and rejoin the A522. Those travelling east towards Uttoxeter will be diverted on to the eastbound A50 and at the B5030 roundabout traffic wanting Uttoxeter town centre will be directed left to follow the A518 The Dove Way.

Diversions will be signposted nearer the time and maps showing alternative routes posted online, while access to the Shell petrol station, which stands a few hundred yards west of the B5030 roundabout will be maintained at all times.

Pedestrians will still be able to travel in both directions by following a short diversion through Tunnicliffe Way and Torrance Grove and then along a temporarily-lit and resurfaced public footpath before rejoining the A522

Mark Winnington said:

We’ve designed the work programme to be as quick and efficient as possible, at a time when there will be fewer vehicles on the roads and I appreciate people’s patience and understanding for any temporary inconvenience.”

Residents are also reminded that there will be five overnight closures of the A50 this month from the 13th to the 17th inclusive, to allow the integration of new slip roads on and off the dual carriageway.

  • On Wednesday, June 13, the westbound carriageway will be closed between 8pm and 5.30am. The eastbound carriageway will be open.
  • On Thursday, June 14, the eastbound carriageway will be closed between 8pm and 5.30am. The westbound carriageway will be open.
  • On Friday, June 15; Saturday, June 16; and Sunday, June 17; both carriageways will be closed entirely between 8pm and 5.30am.

There are also two overnight closures of the A50 planned for the nights of Saturday, July 14, and Sunday July 15, between 8pm and 5.30am.

All the closures of the A50 will be between the B5030 roundabout at Uttoxeter and the A521 roundabout at Blythe Bridge.

Diversions will be in place suitable for all vehicles, including HGVs. Traffic heading west will be diverted northwards from the A50 on to the B5030 for a few hundred yards to the roundabout with the A518. Traffic will turn right there, cross back over the A50 along Dove Way and continue on the A518 clockwise around Uttoxeter and follow the road towards Stafford. Vehicles will then follow the A51 and A34 towards Stoke-on-Trent and then on to the A500 and A50. The route is reversed from the west.

Residents and businesses can sign up to a regular newsletter updating them on the A50’s progress by contacting a50growthcorridor@staffordshire.gov.uk .