Another brand new footbridge, set to improve walking and cycling connectivity when complete, is due to have its main span installed over a section of Worcester’s Southern Link Road early next month.
The Broomhall Way Footbridge, once complete, will allow for better and safer crossing of this busy road for pedestrians and cyclists. It will provide 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.
Councillor Ken Pollock, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure for Worcestershire County Council, said: “The major milestones on the Southern Link Road scheme are coming thick and fast, with yet another bridge to improve walking and cycling connectivity, being moved into place next month.
“This bridge, alongside two further bridges, a new underpass and a much wider shared walking and cycle path between the Ketch roundabout and Powick roundabout, will vastly improve the walking and cycling routes in the area. This is in addition to the scheme providing a dual carriageway for traffic from the M5 to Powick roundabout.”
The main span of the bridge will be moved into place over the weekend of Friday 4th – Monday 7th December, subject to suitable weather conditions.
To allow the bridge to be moved into place, a full closure of the A4440 Broomhall Way between the Ketch and Norton roundabouts will be in place from 9pm on Friday 4th December to 5am on Monday 7th December.
A diversion will be signposted and advanced signs will be on display ahead of the closure. St Peter’s Drive, Norton Road and Crookbarrow Way will remain open throughout.
Once the main span of the bridge is in place, further works will be needed before the bridge becomes operational, including the construction of approach ramps and wider connection to the existing highway network on both sides of the road.
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.
The Council is advising people not to congregate to see the bridge lift take place due to Covid-19 restrictions and the need to adhere to social distancing guidance.
Broomhall Way Footbridge is one of four crossings being installed as part of the wider Southern Link Road scheme. They include Crookbarrow Way Footbridge, which opened for use earlier this year, Hams Way Footbridge, which is set to open before Christmas and an underpass near the Ketch roundabout which will be ready for use towards the end of the final phase of the Southern Link Road scheme.
For more information about the Southern Link Road scheme visit the dedicated pages on the County Council website.