An artist's impression of what Carrington Bridge could look like when it is made into a dual carriageway can be revealed for the first time this week.
The works to dual the bridge and the road between Ketch and Powick are included in the plans for Phase 4 of the programme of works to upgrade the A4440 Southern Link Road with construction planned to start in 2019.
An additional bridge, featuring two westbound lanes, will be built adjacent to the existing Carrington Bridge in order to minimise disruption to drivers throughout the project. The existing bridge will remain open to traffic for the majority of the duration of works.
The Southern Link Road is one of the county's most important routes providing a link between Worcester/the M5 and the south of the county/Herefordshire. It also provides an important bypass for the City and residential areas.
Improvement works on the Southern Link Road have been progressing well, including the current works to make improvements between the Norton and Whittington roundabouts.
Once completed, the Southern Link Road will be dualled from junction 7 of the M5 all the way to Powick Roundabout reducing journey times, improving journey time reliability and reducing traffic in the city centre and residential areas as well as being important for the local economy.
A series of public information exhibitions are taking place in Worcestershire this week and next week for residents and businesses to take a first look at the plans for the next phase of the scheme.
The upcoming dates are:
- Friday 23 June, 10am-8pm - The Hive
- Monday 26 June, 12pm-8pm - St Johns Library
- Wednesday 28 June, 10am – 6pm June - St Peter's Garden Centre
- Thursday 29 June to Saturday 1 July, 10am – 4pm - Malvern Library
Councillor Ken Pollock, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, said: "The improvement works along the Southern Link Road will improve journey times, reduce traffic in the city centre and residential areas and be of huge benefit to local economy.
"It's great news that we are now in a position to be able to show our plans and gather feedback ahead of submission of a planning application for phase 4 of the improvement scheme.
"One of our biggest priorities is, how we minimise disruption as much possible during the planned works. We welcome any comments on our initial plans so please do have a look online or visit one of the exhibitions."
For those unable to attend these dates, the information is available to view on our website at http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20254/major_infrastructure_and_improvement_schemes/1017/the_a4440_worcester_southern_link_road_improvements/4