Off-peak lane closures on Crookbarrow Way next week

October 17 2018
Off-peak lane closures on Crookbarrow Way next week

There will be off-peak lane closures on Worcester’s Crookbarrow Way between Whittington and Norton roundabouts, going downhill, next week, with work to complete the dualling of the Worcester Southern Link making good progress ahead of schedule.

Next week’s closures will be between 9.30am and 3pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, October 22, 23 and 24.

Since the railway bridge extension was moved into place earlier this year and the final checks on the bridge were completed, Worcestershire County Council's contractors have been constructing two completely new west bound lanes that will run under the bridge.

The work has included completion of earthworks to make way for the new road, relocation of electricity poles, laying foundations and installing of a new drainage system and kerbs.

That all needed to be completed before the road surfacing could begin.

Worcestershire County Council's Ken Pollock, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Infrastructure and Economy, said: "I'm pleased with the progress that has been made to construct this completely new stretch of road, following the successful installation of the new railway bridge at the end of May and subsequent works to tie it into the existing bridge.

"As work continues, the opening of this part of the scheme is now well within our sights and I'm hoping to be able share some good news in the coming weeks about exactly when this might be."

To enable the next phase of works, a number of lane restrictions and overnight closures are needed to carry out surfacing and road marking works ahead of opening that stretch of road to traffic.

On the evenings of Monday, October 29 to Friday, November 2, Crookbarrow Way will be closed to downhill traffic only from Whittington to Norton overnight from 9pm to 6am the following morning.

There will be a diversion in place that takes traffic down London Road and up Bath Road to the Ketch roundabout. A separate diversion will be signposted for high-sided vehicles.

Broomhall Way will be open in both directions between the Ketch and Norton roundabouts as normal and traffic going uphill from Norton Roundabout to Whittington will not be affected as that side of the road will remain open during that period.

On Wednesday, November 14 it is planned to fully close Crookbarrow Way to traffic in both directions from 9pm to 6am the following morning, subject to weather conditions.

A diversion will be in place that takes traffic down London Road and up Bath Road and vice versa. Again, Broomhall Way will be open in both directions between the Ketch and Norton Roundabouts as normal.

Once work on the new road nears completion and the usual checks have been made, arrangements for opening the road to two lanes of traffic in both directions (two westbound/downhill lanes under the railway bridge extension and two eastbound/uphill lanes under the old railway bridge) will be announced.

To keep fully up to date with progress, news and confirmation of the overnight closures scheduled for the evenings of October 29 and November 14, visit the webpage at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/slr and follow us on twitter @worcstravel.