Government road improvement scheme to boost Merseyside jobs
The £3.4 million roadworks project will tackle congestion near Liverpool along busy sections of the A5036.
This four-month project from the Highways Agency will see remodelling of the Bridge Road roundabout (on the western end of the A5036 at Litherland, Bootle).
The work will reportedly reduce queuing and boost employment opportunities along the route by better linking the Port of Liverpool with the M57, M58, and the rest of the motorway network.
Project Manager at the Highways Agency, Gagandeep Singh, said:
“Tackling congestion along this vital commercial route, linking the port and the motorway network at Switch Island, will improve safety and reduce queueing
“This is a significant investment in improving the A5036 and has been devised with the Local Enterprise Partnership, supporting jobs generation and housing across this part of Merseyside.”
The work will include:
- conversion of the existing roundabout for westbound A5036 traffic, which will separate local traffic from through trunk road traffic
- associated traffic signal work to accommodate the change of layout on the roundabout
- modifications of the traffic islands around the roundabout
- improvements to the road markings around the roundabout
- resurfacing work around the roundabout
- landscaping of the roundabout
There will be lane closure in place on the section from 8AM to 5Pm, with the project due for completion by March 2015.
This project is one of over 120 as part of the Government’s “pinch-point” initiative; a two-year £317 million programme of works targeted at problem area roadworks that will complement larger scheme and routine maintenance/improvements along the strategic road network.
The “pinch-point” programme was devised with input from regional councils and local enterprise partnerships and is designed to better stimulate new developments and local economic growth through the improvement of road safety an the effective neutralisation of congestion bottlenecks.
In the North West alone, there are 28 ongoing projects worth a total of £66 million. For more information on the works and temporary closures, visit the project’s website here.
Words: Peter Cribley