HOUSING developers whose contractors are working on constructions which have partially closed a busy dual carriageway say one of its three development stages is due to be completed earlier than expected. The A521 in Blythe Bridge is currently partly shut as three phases of works on land adjacent to the road are being carried out as contractors complete development work on behalf of St Modwen Homes, who were previously granted planning permission to build up to 120 new homes on the site. St Modwen Homes confirmed to the Times and Echo that ‘Phase Two’ was set to finish Tuesday, January 21, six days earlier than previously scheduled.
As a result, ‘Phase Three’ – which involves a full closure with diversion for traffic travelling Westbound (Draycott towards the A50 roundabout) – has now started Wednesday, January 22 and is expected to be in place until March 13.
A spokesperson for St Modwen Homes said last week: “Excellent progress has been made which has enabled the contractor to finish earlier than planned.
“‘Phase Two’ is now programmed to finish on January 21.
“Please take note that ‘Phase Three – Westbound (Draycott towards A50 roundabout) – Full Closure with Diversion’ will begin on Wednesday, January 22 to March 13.
“A diversion will be in place through Blythe Bridge to get to Meir Heath, Meir Park and Stoke-on-Trent.
“Alternatively please find other routes.”
Roadworks are scheduled to be carried out on Draycott Road in Totmonslow in the coming months as Western Power Distribution conduct pole replacement works.
The spokesperson continued: “From March 2 to approximately March 5, Breach Lane, Totmonslow will be closed in its entirety from Teanford to the junction with Draycott Road for electric pole works.
“The only access will be for emergency vehicles, resident access and pedestrians.”
A spokesman for Staffordshire County Council said it has “worked with St Modwen to keep the A521 partially open as much as possible.”
They added: “A signed diversion will be in place when both lanes need to be closed.
“Contractors will work six days a week from around 7.30am to 8pm at the latest depending on the nature of the works.”
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