Shropshire Star

Summer of road closures on the way in Telford

Drivers are facing eight weeks of road chaos over the summer holidays for resurfacing work in Telford.

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The A41 at Woodcote Hollow will be closed in both directions between Pave Lane and the B4379 as work is carried out between July 24 and July 28. This will affect the five-mile stretch between the A41 junction with the A518 and the A41 junction with the A5.

Diversions will be put in place via the A5, Redhill Way, Donnington Wood Way and the A518.

Work will also take place on Haybridge Road, from the fire station to Watling Street from July 24 to August 4 – it will also be closed 24 hours a day.

The Wrockwardine Wood Way to Wombridge Road junction will close from July 31 to August 4, with work to take place between 7.30am and 5.30am.

Kemberton Road westbound will be entirely closed from August 7 to August 11. Horsehay Roundabout will also see work from August 14 to 25, with Bridge Road also to be closed during working hours from 7.30am to 5.30pm.

Castlefields Way will be closed 24 hours a day from August 7 to 25 and Holyhead Road, from Haygate Road to Roman Road B5061, will close from August 29 to September 15 throughout the day.

All the work, which starts on July 24, will be weather dependent – meaning dates may be subject to change.

Telford & Wrekin Council says it has decided to carry out the majority of the programme during the summer holidays to reduce the impact on road users as much as possible.

Funding for the work has come from the council’s highways capital fund as part of its Pride In Our Community programme.

Road closures will be used at most sites as this allows for works to be completed quickly, safely and efficiently so that the period of disruption is minimised.

Access for residents and businesses will be maintained throughout the works. Where closures are in force diversions will be in place and drivers are advised to follow the signed diversion routes for their safety and for the sake of local residents.

Councillor Shaun Davies, Telford & Wrekin Council’s leader and cabinet member for neighbourhood services and pride programme, said: “These road repairs are being carried out as part of our ongoing work to make the borough an even safer and better maintained place – this is positive news for residents.

“However, I would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused by this extensive programme of works. We have drawn up a schedule to keep disruption to a minimum as far as possible and I would like to thank everyone affected in advance for their patience and co-operation.

“We know that no-one likes roadworks but the top issue when we consult residents is always the state of the roads. These works will improve key roads around the borough and will eliminate the need for further temporary works in the future.”

It comes as work began on the A458 Bridgnorth bypass, expected to run until November.

The bypass project will see the replacement of bridge expansion joints on the Bridgnorth River Severn Bridge, and concrete repairs to the bridge and works on the bridge parapets. The Severn Valley Railway Overbridge will also be repainted.

The work was delayed to prevent an overlap with the work on the A49 at Onibury, which finished at the weekend.