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A4440 Worcester Southern Link Road Scheme Progress

July 2022

The current focus is on completing the carriageway surfacing on Temeside Way, although works on lighting, drainage and other features continue. We expect to be able to begin the road opening process in the next few weeks. The road will be opened in phases to enable the completion of the standard technical and safety checks, some of which need to be carried out under live traffic conditions.

As the works continue, there will be periodic lane closures and the occasional full road closure to allow works to be undertaken safely. As ever, signs will be displayed ahead of any restrictions and advising of any diversion routes. We would ask motorists to observe all signage during the opening phases as the road layout will go through a number of changes.

The overall project, has so far, included the installation of three miles of new road, increased capacity at the Norton, Ketch and Powick roundabouts and provision of a new bridge over the River Severn and a new Viaduct over Powick Hams.

There have also been three new bridges and an underpass constructed for pedestrians and cyclists, together with a new wider shared-use path along Temeside Way. 

Battenhall Railway Bridge has been extended, a farm access bridge has been replaced, two pedestrian crossings have been improved and street lighting has been upgraded, as well as a flood mitigation area having been provided that is already being used by wildlife.

May 2022

A new pedestrian and cycle underpass beneath Carrington Bridge opened this month providing traffic-free access for pedestrians and cyclists travelling between the Kempsey and Worcester areas. The route is lit and will be covered by CCTV in the coming months.

Work continues on the original Temeside Way structures and carriageway including the replacement of bearings on the Carrington Bridge and Powick Viaduct. Work is underway on upgrading the pedestrian crossings on the A449 north of the Powick Roundabout and the A38 north of the Ketch Roundabout and work is also nearing completion on the Ketch Viewpoint. Further drainage, lighting, kerbing and surfacing works are taking place, including on the Ketch and Powick Roundabouts and their approaches/exits. 

Some drainage works are currently underway in Power Park, although they will be suspended during the Summer Fete.
As the works continue, there will be periodic lane closures and the occasional full road closure to allow works to be undertaken safely. As ever, signs will be displayed ahead of any restrictions and advising of any diversion routes. We apologise to residents and businesses for any disturbance caused by overnight work.

The Southern Link Road is due to fully open to traffic this summer.
 

February 2022

Crookbarrow Way is now fully open to traffic with two lanes in both directions between the Whittington and Norton Roundabouts. The speed limit on this section of the Southern Link Road is now 60mph.

Work continues on the original Temeside Way structures and carriageway including the replacement of bearings on the Carrington Bridge and Powick Viaduct. Work is underway on upgrading the pedestrian crossings on the A449 north of the Powick Roundabout and the A38 north of the Ketch Roundabout together with construction of a pedestrian and cycle underpass beneath Carrington Bridge. Work is also nearing completion on the Ketch Viewpoint. Further drainage, lighting, kerbing and surfacing works will take place over the next few months including on the Ketch and Powick Roundabouts and their approaches/exits. 

As the works continue, there will be periodic lane closures and the occasional full road closure to allow works to be undertaken safely. As ever, signs will be displayed ahead of any restrictions and advising of any diversion routes. Please note that a large workforce is deployed on the scheme, but this may not always be apparent as much of the current work is taking place beneath Temeside Way and a significant amount of work is being carried out overnight to minimise the impact on the travelling public.

The Southern Link Road is due to fully open to traffic later this year.

View over carrington bridge

 

October 2021

The temporary crossing immediately to the east of the Norton Roundabout has recently been removed and pedestrians and cyclists are being redirected to use the Broomhall Way Footbridge. This has enabled all three lanes on the westbound approach to the roundabout to be opened and for the speed limits to be reinstated. Finishing touches to drainage and landscaping works are continuing in Power Park together with the installation of benches, but sufficient work has been completed to enable most of the temporary fencing to be removed.

Work continues on the original Temeside Way structures and carriageway. This comprises of improvement and essential maintenance work including the construction of a retaining wall which will facilitate the provision of a widened pathway for pedestrians and cyclists. Work is also ongoing to improve the Powick Roundabout and its approaches/exits to tie it into the widened Temeside Way and to increase its capacity. Other recent works include significant progress on the Ketch Viewpoint.

Outstanding work includes resurfacing, lining and signing throughout, completion of the Ketch Underpass, streetlighting and completion of tie-in works on the A38 together with the reinstatement of the signal-controlled crossing close to the Ketch Public House.

Recent successes include a number of sightings of wildlife taking advantage of the flood attenuation feature to the south of Temeside Way and Hams Way Footbridge has received another industry award, being named as one of four projects to be awarded the British Construction Steelwork Association’s highest prize at a ceremony in September.

As the works continue, there will be periodic lane closures and the occasional full road closure to allow works to be undertaken safely. As ever, signs will be displayed ahead of any restrictions and advising of any diversion routes. Please note that a large workforce is deployed on the scheme but this may not always be apparent as much of the current work is taking place beneath Temeside Way and a significant amount of work is being carried out overnight to minimise the impact on the travelling public.

July 2021

Over the past couple of months, the scheme has seen two major milestones achieved. Firstly, the opening of the new Carrington Bridge, which is situated alongside the original, which saw traffic travelling over it for the first time and then the opening of Broomhall Way Footbridge.

The newly constructed Carrington Bridge opened on 17 May, allowing vehicles to use the new section over the bridge and the new carriageway along Temeside Way. Works are now taking place on the original carriageway.

View over new Carrington Bridge
View over the new Carrington Bridge

Broomhall Way Footbridge is one of the final pieces of work on Southern Link Road phase 3 and was opened on 5 July. The bridge which offers a much-improved crossing over the A4440 Southern Link Road in Worcester is now fully open for pedestrians and cyclists. It provides a link between the new commercial and housing development on the south of the A4440 to Power Park in St Peter’s on the north.

Along with raising the footpaths in Power Park above the area that floods frequently, other works include the installation of a land drainage system, repositioning of the football pitch and landscaping. Some areas of Power Park remain fenced off to allow the grass to become established and further landscaping works will take place, as necessary at the right time of year.

The temporary foot and cycleway link alignment, which has been installed by the developer of the commercial and residential development, St Modwen, on the southern side of the bridge will be realigned once other works in the area are complete.

The temporary crossing, which is east of Norton Roundabout, will be permanently removed in August.

We also had good news with the Hams Way Footbridge being voted as joint winner of The Bridges Design Award for projects below £5million. The awards, organised by Bridge Design and Engineering celebrate the ingenuity, project management and cooperative skills of the people involved in the design, construction, and maintenance of bridges in the UK. This is a fantastic achievement for everyone involved and it might not be the last award, as it’s also entered for the IStructE Structural Awards, the Structural Design Awards, and the British Construction Industry Awards.

Hams Way Footbridge
Hams Way Footbridge

As the works continue, towards scheme completion in spring 2022, there will be periodic lane closures and the occasional full road closure to allow works to be undertaken safely. As ever, signs will be displayed ahead of any restrictions, warning motorists in advance and advising of any diversion routes.

February 2021

What has be achieved so far

  • fully dualled between Ketch and Norton roundabouts
  • increased the size of Ketch and Norton roundabouts to improve capacity
  • railway bridge extended to enable two lanes going up and two lanes going down between Whittington to Norton roundabouts
  • fully dualled between Whittington and Norton roundabouts
  • the opening of the Crookbarrow Way Footbridge
  • the opening of the Hams Way Footbridge
  • the installation of the main span of the Broomhall Way Footbridge
  • completion of the works on Powick Viaduct

What’s next?

  • completion of the works on Carrington Bridge
  • construction of north wall and foot/cycle path widening
  • replacement of bearings on Carrington Bridge
  • ketch embankment stabilisation works
  • completion of works on Broomhall Way Footbridge
  • widening works on A38 south of the Ketch

Scheme completion

The overall scheme is set for completion in Summer 2022. This is dependent on any impact of adverse weather or COVID-19.

Southern Link Road February Update

September 2020

Work has been ongoing to complete the installation of the ramps and steps linking to the The Crookbarrow Way Footbridge since lock down measures were lifted earlier this year. Work is now complete, and these ramps are now fully open.

Southern link road a4440

Work is set to take place over the weekend of 12 and 13 September to lift into place the Hams Way Walking and Cycling Bridge.

The bridge, which will replace the current pedestrian crossing, will sit proudly over Hams Way and once complete, will allow improved crossing of this busy road for pedestrians and cyclists.

Once the bridge is installed, further work is needed before the bridge becomes operational.

To support the installation, Hams Way will be closed in both directions over the weekend. More details about timings and diversions can be found on the Southern Link Road Latest News page

August 2020

Following the easing of lockdown restrictions, one of the first major milestones completed back at the start of June on the SLR4 scheme was the installation of 24 concrete beams at Powick Viaduct, which will allow the bridge deck to be constructed.

The beams are the main supporting elements of the deck of the new Powick Common flood relief viaduct that will carry westbound traffic once the dualling is complete. The heaviest of 24 concrete beams weighed a massive 33 tonnes and was 20 metres long. They were moved into place using a crane, directly from the haulage lorry into position, 4 beams per day working over 6 days to complete the operation.

Take a look at this timelapse video taken over the 6 day operation.

October 2019

Crookbarrow Way Cycle Bridge and Farm Bridge

Throughout October work has progressed on the building of the accessible ramps to the north side of the foot/cycle bridge and waterproofing and surfacing of the farm bridge.
Work has also started on the installation of drainage curbs on the north verge in readiness for when the final highways works are completed.

Crookbarrow Way Cycle Bridge and Farm Bridge