Plans to manage traffic during crucial works to safeguard the future of Burton Bridge have been finalised.
After listening to the views of residents and businesses, and also taking on board the views of the emergency services on traffic management, Staffordshire County Council has confirmed:
- Rescheduled work is to start on June 18 and finish in time for the start of the new school term in September. A reduction of three weeks on the original plans.
- One lane on the bridge will now remain open, instead of the proposed full closure of all four lanes. This will be into Burton to allow emergency to manage journeys over the bridges and encourage people to support businesses in the town.
- Extra crews to be deployed. During the scheme work will be carried out from 7.30 a.m. to 16.30 p.m. seven days a week, with additional twilight shifts from 16:30 p.m. to 22:30 p.m. Monday to Friday – except when curing time for materials is necessary. Overnight working is not possible because of the impact of noise on nearby residential areas
- Access will be maintained for cyclist and pedestrians
Mark Deaville, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for the Burton Gateways Scheme, said:
This major programme of investment to safeguard the future of both St Peter’s Bridge and Burton Bridge is absolutely vital to the local economy and to keeping people on the move.
After listening to the views of people, businesses and the 999 services, we rescheduled the scheme to the quieter Summer months, cut the length of the programme and redesigned the scheme to keep one lane on the bridge open.
While you can’t carry out works on this scale without some level of disruption, we hope these steps will help mitigate the impact and we would encourage people to plan ahead and allow more time for their journeys if they need to cross the bridges at peak times during the works.”
The work on Burton Bridge will involve strengthening, resurfacing and improving drainage on the arched bridge, which opened more than 150 years ago.
Burton Bridge is very much an iconic landmark and has served the town well for more than 150 years, but it is imperative that the strengthening work is now done so the town can benefit for many more years to come.
During the scheme Burton will still be very much open for business and we would encourage people to continue to show their support for local businesses whilst the work is being carried out.”