Drivers asked to plan for road block
THE A50 at Uttoxeter will be closed in both directions at the weekend to allow the backbone of a new bridge to be laid across it.
A 750 tonne crane will be lifting six steel beams, each 47 metres long and weighing approximately 45 tonnes apiece into place.
The works mean that the A50 will be closed in both directions from 8pm on Friday, 7th July until 5.30am on Monday, 10th July.
The road closure will be between the A521 roundabout at Blythe Bridge to the B5030 roundabout at Uttoxeter, where McDonald’s stands.
Advance notices will be put into 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.
Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Economic Growth, said: “This is a major piece of engineering which we’re intent on doing as quickly and as safely as possible.
“We’ve already done a lot of the preparation in advance so we can plan this operation into one weekend’s intense work to minimise the inconvenience.”
The diversion put into place will be the same for vehicles travelling in both directions.
Access to Alton Towers for visitors travelling from the east will be unaffected. Those travelling to the theme park from the west will see notices directing them to initially follow signs for Cheadle.
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 continued: “We are doing all we can to encourage drivers to avoid the area, including notifying national radio stations for inclusion in travel bulletins, and I would like to thank everyone for their understanding and patience.”
He added: “The signposted diversion routes are there for all vehicles, including HGVs, but it’s inevitable some people with local knowledge will use other routes.”
Work has been in progress on this stretch for weeks now, with the installation aiming to be a major step towards completing an upgraded junction with the A522 to support business and unlock land for new housing and economic growth.
Once the beam installation is complete work will continue to build up the embankments either side of the A50 and to construct a reinforced concrete bridge deck over the beams. Both the A50 and the A522 will be unaffected by that work.
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