Bridgnorth Bypass Road Update & Look ahead 13/10/2017

A458 Improvement update

Improvement works on the A458 Bridgnorth bypass continue.

Works to the safety barriers, street lighting and drainage over the entire site have been ongoing. These works will continue until November during midweek daytime hours. This will involve further periods where both the Ludlow Road Roundabout, the Kidderminster Road Roundabout and the Wenlock Road Junction will be controlled under traffic signals at various times. These signals are being manually controlled at peak times. When the Kidderminster road roundabout is controlled by traffic signals, the B4363/Underhill Street/Hollybush Road junction will also be controlled by traffic signals in order to minimise the delays at this junction. We apologise in advance with respect to the delays these works will cause.

The deck joints on Bridgnorth River Severn Bridge have progressed well. Works are now focused onto completing the surfacing over the bridge in advance of the last joint works. Some concrete repairs remain to be carried out to the bridge underside and these will continue into the late part of October. Traffic signals which have been a feature the last fortnight will remain in place until this work is complete.

Night time road closures are planned in late October for the final completion of the bridge deck joint rubbers and nosings , further bridge inspection works and the SVR bridge painting. This will include a further long closure of the bypass which will include daytime hours. A number of improvements to the traffic management and signage layout have been identified and will be implemented for long closures of the bypass, which will occur between 8pm on Tuesday 24th October and 6am on Thursday 26th October. This Includes programming the closure to coincide with the school half term holidays. Additional advance warning signage, controlling the B4363/Underhill Street/Hollybush Road junction with manual Stop Go boards, and turning off the pedestrian crossing on Bridgnorth (Old) Bridge to assist with the flow of traffic through and into town. Whilst it is expected these improvements will assist in minimising delays, long delays are however again expected, particularly during peak times. It is advised that motorists should seek alternative routes if possible, or allow additional journey times. We apologise in advance with respect to the delays these works will cause.

On the evening of 6th November, the A458 link between the Kidderminster Road Roundabout and the Stourbridge Road Roundabout will be closed overnight for repairs to the existing surfacing. This will be a single night closure between 8pm on Monday 6th November and 6am on Tuesday 7thNovember.

Whilst the original programme of works remains on target to be completed by 10th November, the completion date will be delayed. As works has progressed it has been identified that the surfacing of the Stourbridge Road roundabout has deteriorated significantly more than anticipated. The decision has therefore been made to resurface the roundabout. It is planned that a series of two consecutive night time, and two consecutive 24hour road closures are put in place preventing access/egress from the Old Stourbridge Road, and the Old Worcester Road onto the roundabout to allow for these works to take place. These will begin with a closure between 8pm Monday 13th November and 6am on Tuesday 14th November, continuing with a closure beginning on 8pm on Tuesday 14th November and ending on 6am Friday 17th November. The main A458 through route will be open at all times controlled by traffic signals. It is recognised that this works will cause further disruption and delays to traffic throughout the day and especially during peak hours. However these works are considered essential to maintain the long term durability of the surfacing at this location. Should these works not be carried out at this time, it is likely that an additional scheme to resurface the roundabout would be required within the near future. Delays are expected during the daytime and particularly during peak times. It is advised that motorists should seek alternative routes if possible, or allow additional journey times. We apologise in advance with respect to the delays these works will cause. Specific advance signage will appear in due course to warn motorists of these additional works. A letter drop to inform residents in the immediate area, and local businesses effected will be carried out week commencing 16th October. It has already been identified that HGV access into and out of the Old Worcester road will present a challenge, we are already in discussions with interested parties.

This update can be found at www.shropshire.gov.uk/a458

Road Closures

Below is an approx. month look ahead giving details of the forthcoming road closures associated with the Bridgnorth Bypass Project.

20:00 13th October – 06:00 14th October

The A458 (bypass) between the Kidderminster Road Roundabout and the Ludlow Road Roundabout will be closed for surfacing over the River Severn Bridge associated with the joint replacement works.

Diversion in place via town centre, the B4364, the B4373 and the A442.

 

20:00 23rd October – 06:00 24th October

The A458 (bypass) between the Kidderminster Road Roundabout and the Ludlow Road Roundabout will be closed for joint replacement works.

Diversion in place via town centre, the B4364, the B4373 and the A442.

 

20:00 24th October – 06:00 26th October

The A458 (bypass) between the Kidderminster Road Roundabout and the Ludlow Road Roundabout will be closed for Severn Valley Railway Bridge works, WSP bridge inspections and installation of white lines.

Between 20:00 and 06:00 the diversion signposted will be via the town centre, the B4364, the B4373 and the A442.

All other times a diversion via A458, A4169 (Much Wenlock) and the A442 (Telford) will be signposted.

Significant Delays are expected between 06:00 and 18:00. Use alternative routes if possible.

 

20:00 6th November – 06:00 7th November

The A458 between the Kidderminster Road Roundabout and the Stourbridge Road Roundabout will be closed for Surfacing repairs.

A local diversion via the Old Stourbridge Road will be in place. for all traffic.

 

20:00 13th November – 06:00 14th November

No access/egress from the Old Stourbridge Road onto the Stourbridge Road Roundabout.

A local diversion via the A442 and the A458 Stourbridge Road will be in place for all traffic.

No access/egress from the Old Worcester Road onto the Stourbridge Road Roundabout.

Access to the Old Worcester Road will be via A458/Old Worcester Road slip which will be made 2 way. HGV’s will need to access from the East approach utilising the roundabout at the A458/A454 junction (Stanmore Roundabout).

 

20:00 14th November – 06:00 17th November

No access/egress from the Old Stourbridge Road onto the Stourbridge Road Roundabout.

A local diversion via the A442 and the A458 Stourbridge Road will be in place for all traffic.

No access/egress from the Old Worcester Road onto the Stourbridge Road Roundabout.

Access to the Old Worcester Road will be via A458/Old Worcester Road slip which will be made 2 way. HGV’s will need to access from the East approach utilising the roundabout at the A458/A454 junction (Stanmore Roundabout).

Regards

 

Hedd Wyn Jones

Senior Engineer