In just over 6 months, a lot has happened on the fourth phase of the scheme to fully dual the Southern Link Road between Junction 7 of the M5 and Powick Roundabout.
Main works started back in March following formal confirmation from the Department for Transport (DfT) of the funding to Worcestershire County Council for the fourth and final part of the scheme. This will see dualling complete between the Ketch and Powick roundabout and includes construction of a new Carrington bridge and Powick viaduct.
Since then, the site offices and main compound have been established off the Powick roundabout, temporary sheet piling works are complete and foundation works are progressing well for both the new bridge and the Powick Viaduct, with three out of the five piers for the viaduct already constructed.
Openreach has completed a major network diversion near the Ketch Roundabout and the temporary access ramp down to the east abutment of the bridge is nearly complete in readiness for construction of the foundations on the east side of the river to begin.
The embankment that will support the new carriageway on the south side of Temeside Way is now constructed up to almost 1 metre in height and the drainage system is complete.
Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, Councillor Ken Pollock, said: “The amount of progress already made on this essential scheme to dual the final part of the SLR is great to see and the pace of work is set to continue.
Whilst we are determined to minimise any impact on traffic during construction, the next phase will need some traffic management and lane restrictions.
Please do bear with us whilst we complete these works as quickly and safely as we can and please be aware that there will be a number of road layout changes over the coming months.”
To complete the next phase of works, it will be necessary to have a limited number of lane restrictions on both the Powick and Ketch Roundabouts.
There will be some overnight closures and restrictions on the approaches to them.
This is to provide working space to increase capacity on the roundabout approaches, circulatory carriageway and exits, install new street lighting, upgrade pedestrian/cycle crossings and to tie into Temeside Way and the new carriageway.
The following traffic management will be in place over the coming weeks:
- Monday 30 September - Temeside Way will be fully closed in both directions overnight for up to 5 nights (9pm-5:30am) and thereafter Temeside Way will be down to 2 lanes on the approach to Powick Roundabout for the duration of this phase of work. During the overnight closures a diversion will be signposted via Bath Road/Bromwich Road.
- Early October – Following the Temeside closures, the A38 will be fully closed overnight in both directions between the Ketch and Timberdine Roundabouts for up to 10 nights (9pm – 5:30am). During these overnight closures, a diversion will be signposted via A4440/London Road. After the closures, the southbound lanes will be on a temporary new alignment for 12 weeks.
Dates/times may vary due to factors such as poor weather and, as some of the work is sequential, if there are any delays, subsequent dates could be impacted.
Advanced warning signs will be displayed on site and diversions will be signposted for full road closures.
To keep up to date with progress and for more details on closures visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/slrlatestupdates