Part of the A50 is to be closed one-way for five nights in October in the next step of a bridge building project.
The overnight closures at Uttoxeter are for the removal of safety equipment which allowed the bridge to be worked on for three months without affecting the flow of traffic on the dual carriageway below.
The new bridge is a key part of a junction improvement project which will support the creation of jobs and new homes in the town, as well as reducing congestion and improving road safety.
Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Economic Growth, said:
This safety equipment has allowed workers to do their job quickly and efficiently over the last three months, while keeping the A50 running safely underneath without any problems.
However it’s time to remove the equipment, so we’re doing it overnight to reduce the disruption to the public.”
On October 23 and 24, the A50 will be closed westbound, along with the outside lane of the eastbound carriageway. On October 25, 26 and 27, the A50 will be closed eastbound, along with the outside lane of the westbound carriageway.
The closures will be from 8pm until 5.30am and happen between the A521 roundabout at Blythe Bridge and the B5030 roundabout at Uttoxeter, where McDonald’s stands.
The diversion route will be the same for vehicles travelling in both directions. From the east, traffic will be diverted northwards from the A50 at Uttoxeter 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, before joining the A500 and then the A50 to Blythe Bridge.
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.
Mark Winnington said:
This project is well on course to make a huge difference to people’s lives and I’d like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this week.”
The new bridge forms part of an upgraded junction with the A522 being delivered by Staffordshire County Council, on behalf of Highways England.