Staffordshire County Council has announced details of the closure of Burton Bridge later this year.
Roadworks on Burton’s two bridges have become essential to ensure that traffic can use them safely for years to come.
Last year, St Peter’s Bridge had to close completely for three months. The planned work on Burton’s older bridge was originally going to start early in 2018, but after consulting local businesses, the county council agreed to put the work back to the summer.
The county council has now revealed that preliminary work on Burton Bridge will begin in the spring, with the closure of three lanes necessary from June 18.
The bridge is due to fully reopen before the schools return in September. One lane will be kept open, apart from two nights when a full closure is necessary. Access for pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained over the bridge throughout the scheme.
An article on the council’s website says: “Burton Bridge has served the town well for more than 150 years – but time takes its toll and it is imperative that weakness in the structure are tackled.
“Unlike the modern St Peter’s Bridge, the strength for Burton Bridge comes from the arch-based design stretching across the river. There are around 30 arches.
“The strengthening work will involve filling three of the disused and redundant arch spans already closed on one side and supporting a further span, under which the footway/cycleway passes, by constructing an arch beneath it. This will reinforce the weak spot on the bridge.”
The total cost of repairs to both bridges is £6.1million and has been funded by the Department for Transport.
You can find out more, and sign up to receive updates as work progresses, here on the county council website.