A brand new walking and cycling bridge is due to be lifted into place next weekend over a section of Worcester’s Southern Link Road.
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.
It will be one of four crossings of the Southern Link Road once the scheme to dual from the M5 to Powick roundabout is complete.
These crossings include Crookbarrow Way Footbridge, which has been extremely well used since opening earlier this year, Broomhall Way Footbridge which is currently under construction, and a new underpass near the Ketch roundabout and this Hams Way Footbridge near the Powick roundabout, which forms part of National Cycle Network Route 46.
Councillor Ken Pollock, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure for Worcestershire County Council, said: “It’s good to see yet another piece of long-term infrastructure to support walking and cycling being moved into place next weekend.
It’s also great to see the Southern Link Road phase 4 works, of which this is a part, move forward and bring us closer to dualling from the M5 to Powick roundabout and with it, much improved and more reliable journey times.”
To support the bridge moving into place, a full closure of Hams Way in both directions will be in place from 6am on Saturday 12th September.
A diversion will be signed via Malvern Road/Bransford Road and the work will also require 3-way signals on the other three approaches to Powick Roundabout for the phase of the operation where the bridge is manoeuvred into place.
The process of manoeuvring the bridge will be complex and will take a considerable time, so the Council is not recommending that people visit the site, as there will be very little to see and nowhere for onlookers to gather.
The Council is, however filming the move with a time-lapse camera and will be issuing the footage as soon as possible after the move.
Once the bridge is installed, further work is needed before the bridge becomes operational.
For more information about the Southern Link Road phase 4 scheme visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/slr