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Preparation begins for major town centre bridge repairs

Resurfacing will begin on Monday night on sections of roads in Burton town centre that will provide the diversion route for traffic while major bridge repair schemes take place.

Staffordshire County Council’s highways team is ensuring the route will be in the best condition for increased traffic when St Peter’s Bridge closes on Tuesday August 29 as part of a £6.1million repair project. The resurfacing work will take place over six consecutive nights at the junction of Stapenhill Road and Ashby Road junction, the Shobnall Road/Wellington Road Island,  Wellington Street/Borough Road, Horninglow Street and the junction of Horninglow Street and Guild Street. During the closure of St. Peter’s bridge traffic will be diverted over Burton Bridge in both directions.

The £6.1m project by Staffordshire County Council will firstly allow vital strengthening work on St Peter’s Bridge to allow HGVs to continue to access the town, along with waterproofing and resurfacing. The St Peter’s Bridge repairs will be completed by the end of November. This will be followed by improvements to Burton Bridge in the New Year.

Funding for the project is part of the multi-million pound Highway Challenge Fund by the Department for Transport. Nineteen projects across the country will receive a share of £75 million of government investment for essential road maintenance, to refurbish bridges, improve junctions and boost flood defences.

Staffordshire County Council’s transport leader Mark Deaville said:

The St Peter’s Bridge repair scheme is vital for the future prosperity of Burton and will strengthen and protect the route for the long-term. This is a major project and will mean the bridge will be free of unplanned and disruptive maintenance work in the future, and help support local businesses and economic growth. We are making every effort to minimise disruption and next week we will be carrying out repairs to roads along the diversion route – ensuring they are in the best condition possible to take on the additional traffic. This work will be carried out overnight. Once again I would ask people to bear with us as the work is carried out and thank them in advance for their co-operation and patience.”

MP Andrew Griffiths, who lobbied Government for the funding, said:

It will be great to see the work get underway in just days and, while some inconvenience is inevitable, it is important that we all remember the long-term benefits this investment will bring.”

In January repair work will begin on Burton Bridge. This will include strengthening, resurfacing and upgrading gullies to help prevent surface water flooding. During the Burton bridge works, the bridge will be closed to all traffic which will be diverted via St. Peter’s Bridge

Details for the St Peter’s Bridge works diversion are as follows:

For vehicles travelling east, the diversion route will be via A5189 Orchard Street, Evershed Way, Shobnall Road, A5121 Wellington Street, Waterloo Street, Byrkley Street, Derby Street, A511 Horninglow Street, Wetmore Road, Bridge Street (Burton Bridge) and A444 Stapenhill Road.

For vehicles travelling west  the diversion route will be via A444 Stapenhill Road, A511 Bridge Street (Burton Bridge), Horninglow Street, A5121 Derby Street, Borough Road, Wellington Street, A5189 Shobnall Road, Evershed Way and Orchard Street.