A major road through a town will shut tomorrow for six months while work is carried out to replace an aging bridge.
Middlewich Road in Crewe will be closed to through traffic from Monday, June 1, with a lengthy diversion put in place.
The closure will allow Network Rail to demolish and rebuild ‘Boulderstones Bridge’ near Pyms Lane which has come to the end of its design life, reports Cheshire Live.
The majority of drivers, including those travelling to Leighton Hospital, will have to use the diversion, which will add extra miles to their journeys every day.
Nearby Sunnybank Road will be open for residents and emergency services only.
Bentley Motors has delayed implementing its permanent closure of Pyms Lane and Sunnybank Road, which was to have taken place on the same day, to help blue light services.
Traffic will be diverted from the A530 Middlewich Road along the A51 Nantwich By-Pass, A500, David Whitby Way, University Way, Sydney Road, Remer Street, Bradfield Road, and on to Flowers Lane.
A Cheshire East Council spokesman said, in a briefing sent to councillors, “On June 1, the A530 will be closed to through traffic for six months to enable Network Rail to demolish and rebuild ‘Boulderstone Bridge’ which has come to the end of its design life.
“This project is a priority for Network Rail and why they are still going ahead with the work during the current Covid-19 pandemic, by implementing the necessary social distancing requirements.”
Cheshire East has identified Minshull New Road as a ‘blue light route’ for the emergency services.
There will be a 7.5 tonne weight restriction and a speed restriction of 20mph along its whole length. The network management team will monitor how these measures are working.
According to the council briefing: “If issues are identified and if the emergency services are experiencing difficulty using this route, consideration will be given to close Minshull New Road to through traffic but retaining access for residents and the emergency services at all times.”
Other local roads affected by the Middlewich Road closure will also see 20mph speed limits and weight restrictions, including Badger Avenue and Pyms Lane.
The council also said in its briefing Sunnybank Road would be completely closed from Monday (June 1).
“A full road closure [of Sunnybank) will be implemented on the 1st June 2020, access will be allowed for residents and emergency services,” said the briefing.
“This is to assist the emergency services and discourage its use as a through route for all traffic.
“Another factor in closing Sunnybank Road is the opening of the household waste and recycling centre on Pyms Lane. Access for residents and emergency services will be maintained at all times.”
The council says it will monitor the position in relation to these diversions.
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