Traffic management updates
Existing Bridge Closure – Stoneleigh Road Closure between A46 slip roads required until Sunday 3 December 2023
On safety grounds we need to extend the current road closure on Stoneleigh Road until 3 December 2023. Stoneleigh Road will be closed between the two A46 slip roads, to allow the continued safe installation of a new parapet as part of the bridge improvement works. The closure will remain in place until the works are complete with the official diversion route clearly sign posted. We will do all we can to reopen the road before this before this date.
We apologise for the ongoing road closure, and inconvenience and disruption caused. This is not a situation we would want to be in, with Dalehouse Lane closed as well but in the interests of safety this needs to remain in place. We are working on completing the works as quickly as possible.
These works have been more complicated and taken much longer than expected. Due to the age of the structure, we have been having difficulties in retrofitting a new parapet to the old structure. We carried out initial survey works to inform the design; this was to ensure the new parapet did not interfere with key structural elements of the structure. Once the old parapet was removed further survey works were carried out to verify the initial survey work. These surveys were either inconclusive or contradictory to the previous results. To be sure we did not do long term detrimental damage to the structure further tests were carried out on the structure by drilling pilot holes where we intend to erect the parapet.
This has been an iterative process and has taken much longer than anticipated. We are nearing the completion of the testing and will resume the permanent works shortly. As there is currently no parapet in place the bridge is not in a safe state to open, once the old parapet was removed it was not possible to reinstate this.
The official diversion route will be clearly sign posted:
We thank you for your patience whilst this closure is in place, we will ensure the road is opened as soon as possible.