Work to complete the dualling of the section of the Worcester Southern Link Road between Whittington and Norton roundabouts is progressing well and is ahead of schedule.
Since the railway bridge extension was moved into place earlier this year and the final checks on the bridge were completed, Worcestershire County Council's contractors have been constructing two completely new west bound lanes that will run under the bridge.
This work has included completion of earthworks to make way for the new road, relocation of electricity poles, laying foundations and installing of a new drainage system and kerbs. All of which needed to be completed before the road surfacing could begin.
Worcestershire County Council's Ken Pollock, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Infrastructure and Economy, said: "I'm pleased with the progress that has been made to construct this completely new stretch of road, following the successful installation of the new railway bridge at the end of May and subsequent works to tie it into the existing bridge.
"As work continues, the opening of this part of the scheme is now well within our sights and I'm hoping to be able share some good news in the coming weeks about exactly when this might be."
To enable the next phase of works, a number of lane restrictions and overnight closures are needed to carry out surfacing and road marking works ahead of opening this stretch of road to traffic.
Next week (22, 23 and 24 October) there will be off-peak lane closures on Crookbarrow Way between Whittington and Norton roundabouts, going downhill, between the hours of 9.30am and 3pm.
On The evenings of 29 October to 2 November, Crookbarrow Way will be closed to downhill traffic only from Whittington to Norton overnight from 9pm to 6am the following morning. There will be a diversion in place that takes traffic down London Road and up Bath Road to the Ketch Roundabout. A separate diversion will be signposted for high-sided vehicles. Broomhall Way will be open in both directions between the Ketch and Norton Roundabouts as normal and traffic going uphill from Norton Roundabout to Whittington will not be affected as this side of the road will remain open during this period.
On Wednesday 14 November it is planned to fully close Crookbarrow Way to traffic in both directions from 9pm to 6am the following morning, subject to weather conditions. A diversion will be in place that takes traffic down London Road and up Bath Road and vice versa. Again, Broomhall Way will be open in both directions between the Ketch and Norton Roundabouts as normal.
Once work on the new road nears completion and the usual checks have been made, arrangements for opening the road to two lanes of traffic in both directions (two westbound/downhill lanes under the railway bridge extension and two eastbound/uphill lanes under the old railway bridge) will be announced.
To keep fully up to date with progress, news and confirmation of the overnight closures scheduled for the evenings of 29 October and 14 November, visit The A4440 Worcester Southern Link Road Improvements page on the Council website and follow us on twitter @worcstravel.