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Schoolchildren, cyclists and pedestrians to benefit from new bridge over A5

Work is set to begin on a new footbridge spanning the A5 in north Warwickshire that will bring safe passage for both pedestrians and cyclists.

National Highways is replacing the current reinforced concrete bridge across the A5 at Atherstone with a new steel one that will last for years to come.

The new bridge is wider so can be used more safely by both pedestrians and cyclists and has better disabled access.

Work begins on Sunday (9 January) and it will be built close to the existing one, which serves the Queen Elizabeth Academy, to ensure there is always a crossing point and minimise the disruption for local people.

National Highways Project Manager, Patricia Dray, said:

“We are replacing the existing bridge with a new, modern one that is more accessible, meets the current standards and will reduce the need for extensive maintenance to be carried out on the bridge for many years.

“Throughout the work we will ensure that there is safe crossing for pedestrians and cyclists across the A5 at all times. We will also be carrying out most of the work through lane closures and using a contraflow to minimise disruption as much as possible.”

The headroom clearance of the bridge over traffic using the dual carriageway will also be altered to meet current standards.

After Sunday, the rest of the work will take place Monday to Friday, between 7am and 5.30pm. It will focus on building the foundations and supports for the new pedestrian bridge. The bridge will be constructed off-site and installed when the supports are ready, reducing the need to close the A5 keeping traffic moving.

There will, occasionally, be a need to close the A5 such as for the installation of the bridge. During closures a clearly signed diversion route, agreed with the local authority, will be in place.

Work is expected to run through until summer 2022 and the old bridge will be demolished at a later date, once the new bridge is open.

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