Improvement work to safeguard the iconic Burton Bridge could now finish in days rather than weeks – as crews pull out all the stops to finish the scheme as quickly as possible.
The scheme was expected to be completed in time for the schools returning in September, but engineers continue to shave days off the programme to finish well ahead of schedule.
Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways & Transport, said:
“The crews have done an amazing job and, as we enter the home stretch, we are looking to finish in days now rather than weeks.
“If everything goes to plan on this final phase then we are keeping our fingers crossed that we could possibly even open sometime next week, which would be fantastic news for the town.
“We are not quite there yet, but we are monitoring progress on a daily basis and as soon as we can reopen the bridge we will.”
Crews have been working seven days a week and additional twilight shifts on week days to complete the major strengthening, resurfacing and drainage works as quickly as possible. From Wednesday, August 1 all four lanes on the bridge will be closed completely for four nights from 7pm to 6am to allow full resurfacing to take place. Pedestrians will still be able to cross the bridge during this time.
The improvements are part of a £6.1m scheme to safeguard both Burton Bridge and St Peter’s Bridge – without which St Peter’s Bridge would have ultimately closed and Burton Bridge would have been crippled by congestion and the ongoing repairs needed.
After listening to residents and businesses the county council postponed the work on Burton Bridge from the New Year to June18th. The length of the scheme was also reduced by three weeks and one lane into Burton has been kept open for traffic, instead of the planned full closure of four lanes. Access for cyclists and pedestrians has been maintained throughout the scheme.
People can find out more about the scheme and sign up for updates at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/burtonbridges