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New bridge moves step closer

The A50 westbound will be closed overnight for five nights in early June to allow preparations for a new bridge across the dual carriageway.

Six steel beams, each 47 metres long, will be brought along the A50 for delivery to the construction site near Uttoxeter.
The new bridge forms part of an upgraded junction with the A522 being delivered by Staffordshire County Council, on behalf of Highways England, to support business and unlock land for new housing and economic growth.

Darryl Eyers, Staffordshire County Council’s Director for Economy, Infrastructure and Skills, said:

This is a logistically complex operation and the only safe way to do this is to close the A50 westbound to allow delivery and unloading.
To minimise inconvenience to the public we are arranging for the closures to take place overnight with a well signposted diversion route which is suitable for all vehicles, including HGVs.”

The eastbound A50 will be unaffected by the closures, which are scheduled to take place on five consecutive nights from Monday, June 5th, to Friday, June 9th.

Advance notices warning of the closures will be put in place by Highways England on its wider A-road and motorway network to encourage traffic to take alternative routes.

The westbound A50 will be closed between the B5030 roundabout at Uttoxeter, where McDonald’s stands, and the A521 roundabout at Blythe Bridge.

Traffic 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 The 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.

The Shell petrol station, which stands on the westbound carriageway a few hundred yards west of the B5030 roundabout, will open as normal and access will be maintained at all times via the A522.

Darryl Eyers added:

We will provide more information nearer the time, but we’re giving plenty of warning so people can plan ahead. I’d also like to thank everyone in advance for their patience and understanding.”

The A50 is the most important transport link between the East and West Midlands and the planned improvements will also benefit major employers and their employees between Staffordshire and Derbyshire, making journeys quicker, easier and safer.