Improvement work to safeguard the iconic Burton Bridge for future use are on track to finish ahead of schedule this summer.
The scheme was expected to be completed in time for the schools returning in September, but now engineers are hopeful it could be completed with at least several days in hand before the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways & Transport, said:
The crews have done a fantastic job and are now racing ahead of schedule. We had already reduced the timescale of the original project by three weeks and now it looks like we are going to be reopen the bridge even sooner.
Although everyone understands the work on both Burton Bridge and St Peter’s Bridge is absolutely vital for Burton and its economy, it will great to see the work completed ahead of schedule if we can.”
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.
With a project of this scale, timelines are always subject to change, but if the good weather holds we are extremely hopefully that the bridge will open by August 20 and we are pulling out all the stops to see if we can make it even sooner.
I would like to thank the people of Burton for their continued support, patience and co-operation and we will let everyone know exactly when it will open as soon as we can.”
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