Cheshire East Council and its contractors are working hard to reopen Sydney Road Bridge, in Crewe, to traffic on Sunday – but recent wet weather may mean the reopening is delayed by a few days.
Due to the recent heavy and prolonged downpours, some of the work to surface the bridge was delayed, as it required the conditions to be dry for a sustained period of time.
As a result, the completion of other works was also affected. This may delay the final opening to all traffic slightly beyond 30 June.
However, the new bridge is already open to pedestrians and cyclists and will remain so during the rest of the works. Some minor works will be completed after the road has re-opened to vehicles, which will be done outside of peak periods.
The council would like to reiterate its thanks to residents and motorists for their patience and understanding while the works are being carried out. The opening of this key project forms part of a package of works in the north of Crewe, which also includes the Crewe Green Roundabout upgrade.
Sydney Road Bridge has been replaced with a new, wider structure capable of taking two-way traffic. It will include a shared cycleway and footway over the bridge, a signal-controlled pedestrian crossing and an improved cycle path along Sydney Road.
Once open it will remove a major traffic ‘pinch point’ in the town, on a route serving Leighton Hospital and the Bentley factory.