With children back to school this week and improvement work well under way on St Peter’s Bridge in Burton, people are being reminded to plan and allow extra time for their journeys.
Work on The £6.1m Staffordshire County Council project started on Tuesday 29 August and will see vital strengthening work to allow HGVs to continue to access the town.
Last week crews removed the bridge’s road surface to allow the start of work on waterproofing, along with important drainage investigations to establish the current condition of the storm water drains. This week crews will be working to remove all kerbs and footpaths from the bridge in preparation for further waterproofing.
From this week, both a daytime and twilight crew will be working on site which means that work will be carried out on site from 7.30am to 10.30pm. This will help to get the work completed as efficiently as possible.
The county council has been working with bus operators to minimise disruption to passengers. Some routes and stops may have temporarily changed so people are being advised to check current timetables before they travel.
Mark Deaville, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member responsible for highways, said:
This is an important investment in the gateways to the town and will help make a real difference to the long term prosperity of people in Burton. Our crews made great progress last week managing to strip back most of the bridge’s road surface to allow for the essential waterproofing. This week, crews will be focusing on the removal of all the kerbs and footpaths so more waterproofing can be done.
These are really vital improvements which will ensure that the bridge, which forms a vital link through the town, will be free of unplanned and disruptive maintenance work in the future, and help support local businesses and economic growth.”
We know that the work is causing some disruption but we are doing everything we can to minimise this and get the work done as efficiently as possible. And with children going back to school this week, I would like to remind people to please plan and allow extra time for their journeys, or if possible consider walking or cycling to school or work. Once again, I would like to thank people for their co-operation and patience while this essential work is being carried out.”
Traffic is being diverted via Burton Bridge and pedestrians via Ferry Bridge and the project should be completed by the end of November.
People can find out more about the project, diversions and public transport arrangements at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/burtonbridges