Engineers will be making the most of the good weather this week to press on with the essential repair work to safeguard the future use of Burton Bridge.
As the project enters the second week, crews will be 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.
One lane of the bridge remains open to traffic into Burton to encourage people to visit the town and support local businesses and also allow the emergency services to plan and manage their journeys. Cyclists and pedestrians can also use the bridge.
Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways & Transport, said:
We made good progress last week with work both on the footways and carriageway and we will certainly be making the most of the good weather this week to make sure we finish on schedule or even sooner if possible.
Everybody knows that the work to the bridge is vital for Burton and its economy, but I would really like to thank the people of Burton once again for their continued patience and support whilst we carry out this vital work.”
Part of the £6.1m scheme to safeguard both Burton Bridge and St Peter’s Bridge has also exposed disused tram tracks, which will be removed to allow sufficient depth to carry out the repairs. It is hoped that some of the track can be kept in the town.
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 and one lane into Burton has been kept open for traffic. Access for cyclists and pedestrians will be maintained through out the scheme.
People can find out more and sign up for updates at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/burtonbridges