Foundation work to start next week for new Carrington Bridge and viaduct

Artist impression of the Southern Link Road, between Ketch and Powick roundabout. Published Friday, 28th June 2019

Further works on the final part of the County Council's scheme to dual the Southern Link Road in Worcester will start early next week.

To enable the construction of the new bridge next to Carrington Bridge and the new viaduct, foundations need to be built.

Before this work is started, temporary sheet piles, which are big interlocking panels of steel, need to be vertically inserted into the ground, near the current supporting walls of the bridge.

These sheet piles will keep the earth in place behind them and will ensure the stability of the existing structures whilst the ground in front is excavated in readiness for the new foundations to be laid.

Councillor Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, said: “It’s good to see yet another phase of work starting that will move us closer to completion of the dualling between the M5 and Powick roundabout.

I am once again pleased to see that the team are doing all they can to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum for those using this busy route.”

These piling works are planned to start from Monday 1 July 2019 for around three weeks (depending on the weather) and whilst they take place, the site boundary fencing that currently runs along the south side of the carriageway will be covered.

A temporary reduced speed limit of 30 mph will be also in place for the duration, as much of the work will be carried out close to the carriageway.

Works are also soon to start in readiness for improvements to the Powick roundabout and the new foot and cycle bridge over Hams Way.

Ahead of this, the car park next to the Powick roundabout will close on Monday 1 July for the remainder of the scheme.

Cyclists and pedestrians will be directed to follow the Malvern Road and pedestrians will also have the option of rejoining the Old Powick Road just south of the Old Bridge via a Public Right of Way.

For more info on the scheme please visit the A4440 Worcester Southern Link Road Improvements page of the Council's website.