M53 Roundabout Repairs
|Published: 30th October 2017 11:42|
A £2.5 million Highways England project to deliver wear and tear repairs along the M53 in Wirral is underway.
The 2 bridges which carry the junction 3 roundabout over the motorway near Woodchurch, Wirral, are being repaired and improved in the 8 month project which began on Saturday 4 November. This is the closest junction to the Neston area, so could affect commuters and visitors to the area.
However, apart from a handful of overnight carriageway and roundabout closures, mainly for the installation of traffic management, the motorway and roundabout will be kept open at all times.
Highways England project manager Mark Mosley said: "This is a routine maintenance and repairs project but is also an important investment in the M53 to ensure the junction can serve commuters and other drivers for many years to come.
"We've worked hard to design the work so we can keep drivers on the move with as little disruption as possible. Roundabout and carriageway closures will be done overnight and also kept to an absolute minimum."
The work, which is due to be completed in July, involves concrete repairs, re-waterproofing the bridge decks and resurfacing. A lot of the work will be done under the roundabout bridges, over the northbound and southbound carriageways of the M53. For this to be done safely, narrow lanes and a 50mph speed limit will be installed along the 2 carriageways at the weekend.
The northbound carriageway between junction 4 and junction 3 will be closed between 9pm and 5am on Saturday night (4 November) with the southbound carriageway closed - again from 9pm to 5am - between junction 2 and junction 3 on Sunday (5 November).
Clearly-signed diversions will be in place on both nights.
In the new year, the bridge decks will need to be propped up to continue the repairs but with the motorway and roundabout kept open after a couple of overnnight closures to install new traffic management. This will include a weight restriction on the north roundabout bridge as well as narrow lanes and a 30mph speed limit around the roundabout. Further occasional overnight closures of sections of the roundabout only will be needed for resurfacing and waterproofing work.
Up to 25 people will be working on the bridge at any one time. The bridges were constructed in 1970 and are 34 metres long and are 5.2 metres above the motorway carriageways.
More information is available on the project page at: http://roads.highways.gov.uk/regions/northwest.