A533 Expressway bridge replacement scheme update
As part of the A533 Expressway bridge replacement scheme, this letter is to update you regarding upcoming roadworks.
From 14 February for around four weeks, we plan to have temporary two-way traffic lights on the A533. This is to allow room for specialist equipment to be placed on the bridge, whilst also maintaining a two-way access for motorists. The equipment will be used to help install a retaining wall for the new bridge supports.
During peak-hours, we expect there to be some delays. Please allow additional time for your journey.
Additionally, an overnight full closure is required to safely install the traffic lights and work site area. This will be in place on the 13 February, between the hours of 10pm and 6am.
Occasionally, we will need to close one side of the footpath along the bridge. Pedestrians will be diverted to the other side ensuring access is maintained at all times.
In March, we plan to install narrow lanes on both sides of the M56, between junction 11 and 12. To safely install the narrow lanes, overnight full closures will take place on the:
• M56 eastbound carriageway
o from 9pm Thursday 3 March to 6am Friday 4 March
o from 9pm Saturday 5 March to 6am Sunday 6 March
• M56 westbound carriageway
o From 9pm Friday 4 March to 6am Saturday 5 March
o From 9pm Sunday 6 March to 6am Monday 7 March
Registered office Bridge House, 1 Walnut Tree Close, Guildford GU1 4LZ
National Highways Limited registered in England and Wales number 09346363
The narrow lanes will be in place for around six months. It will allow three lanes of traffic to remain open on the M56 in both directions, whilst the bridge pier is built in the central reservation. The reduced speed limit of 50mph will continue on the 2.4km stretch of the M56 to ensure safety is maintained for our operatives and road users.
We apologise for any disruption this may cause to your journey and advise you to plan ahead. Whilst we always aim to work to our schedule, unforeseen circumstances such as severe weather conditions, may mean slight changes occur at short notice.
How to find out more To sign up for updates or to find out further information on the project, please visit our webpage at www.nationalhighways.co.uk/A533BridgeReplacement. Alternatively, you can follow us on Facebook at National Highways: North-West or on Twitter @HighwaysNWEST.
If you have any questions regarding the project, or you would like to receive our weekly traffic management bulletin, please email our dedicated project inbox at A533expresswaybridge@highwaysengland.co.uk. Or call us on 0300 123 5000 (24-hour Customer Contact Centre).
Senior Project Manager, National Highways