Bridge spanning Broomhall Way to link planned homes to park

January 07 2021
Bridge spanning Broomhall Way to link planned homes to park

The main span of the new Broomhall Way foot and cycle bridge is now in place across the A4440 Southern Link Road.

It was lifted on to its supports either side of the road by crane during a weekend operation that saw the stretch of highway it straddles closed to traffic.

Once work is completed on the project the bridge will provide a link between the new commercial and housing development on the south side of the A4440 to Power Park in St Peter’s on the north side.

Further works are taking place before the bridge comes into use, 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 in St Peter’s above the area that floods frequently, other works include the installation of a land drainage system, repositioning of the football pitch and landscaping.

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 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.

Conservative councillor Ken Pollock, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure for Worcestershire County Council, said: “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.”