THOUSANDS of tonnes of earth have been moved as the first part of a complex three phase operation draws to a close on a bridge installation across the A50.
Engineers are delivering a new bridge across the A50 and improved junction with the A522 at Uttoxeter to support the creation of new homes and more jobs, while cutting congestion and improving road safety.
Work to remove the south embankment of the ‘old’ A522 bridge across the A50 will be completed by Friday, September 28, once the road level has been lowered by 20 feet and an estimated 30,000 tonnes of earth removed.
Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Economic Growth, said: “This has been a complex project, including the installation of a new bridge and the engineers are doing a fantastic job.
“The end is in sight now and once the work is done it will bring enormous benefits to Uttoxeter, but until then I’d like to thank residents for their patience while this essential work is completed.”
The second phase sees the complete closure of the A50 between the A521 roundabout at Blythe Bridge and the B5030 roundabout at Uttoxeter, from 8pm on Friday, September 28 until 5.30am on Monday, October 1 to allow the demolition of the ‘old’ bridge across the A50.
Mark Winnington added: “We have done as much preparation as possible in advance so the bridge can be demolished in a single weekend, but I would suggest people allow a little extra time for travelling.”
Advance notices will be put in place by Highways England on its wider A-road and motorway network to encourage traffic to take alternative routes and signposted diversions will be in place, suitable for all vehicles including HGVs. Traffic bulletins for local and national radio will be informed.
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 route is reversed from the west.
The third and final phase of work begins on Monday, 8 October, when New Road will be completely closed to vehicles in both directions from the Shell garage entrance for approximately 400 yards west towards Tunnicliffe Way. This is to reconstruct the carriageway, install ducts and pipes for future power, broadband and energy supply needs in the area for housing and industry.
The A522 will reopen in early December, with the Project A worked planned to finish on Friday, December 14 and again diversions will be in place similar to the earlier closure of the A522.