End in sight for roadworks on key route into Stratford - The Stratford Observer

End in sight for roadworks on key route into Stratford

THE END is in sight for contentious roadworks on a key route into Stratford.

The Warwick Road A439 road safety improvement scheme is due to be completed on August 2, say Warwickshire County Council chiefs.

But the works – scheduled to last five months – have proved hugely unpopular with residents and caused traffic chaos throughout the town due to one-way systems and diversion routes being put in place.

And the level of disruption stepped up a gear in June when the A439 was be closed to traffic overnight for resurfacing works and a chicane added during the day.

However, WCC announced this week that Warwick Road will reopen to two-way traffic overnight on July 19, as planned, and all diversion signage relating to the one-way system will also be removed at this time.

Ingon Lane will remain closed for an additional week with temporary traffic lights in place, while final works off the main carriageway are completed, and night closures for final surfacing will occur from July 22 to August 2.

Additional works have been required to divert uncharted utilities which have been identified sub-surface at the Ingon Lane junction and towards Ryon Hill.

All engineering works will cease on site by August 2.

In the short-term overgrown vegetation along the improved stretch of the A439 cannot legally be removed due to restrictions in place, that are necessary during bird-nesting season.

However, once these restrictions cease, this vegetation cutting will be conducted at the earliest possible opportunity. There will also be a planting program completed along the route, when conditions allow.

WCC’s transport spokesperson Coun Jan Matecki said: “We’re delighted with the continued progress on the A439 scheme. The recent completion of road widening by Ingon Lane and substantial headway on footway reconstruction are important milestones. These improvements will create a safer and more user-friendly environment for pedestrians and motorists alike.”

Coun Tim Sinclair, local member for Stratford North, added: “I’m pleased to see this vital safety project progressing well and nearing completion. I understand there has been some disruption, and I want to thank residents and businesses for their continued patience and cooperation.”


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