From 17th May, major road works will begin on the Newton Road as part of a multi-million pound project to repair the bridge. These important works can be expected to be completed in March 2022 and will involve lane closures as work is undertaken on the bridge.
The Scott Bridge carries the Newton Road over the Tame Valley Canal and it is in desperate need of maintenance; the last such repairs were undertaken over 30 years ago.
The works are being funded by nearly £3m of funding from the Department for Transport’s Bridges Challenges Fund with an additional £371,000 provided by Sandwell MBC.
Road closure in both directions while work is done on the central reservation to allow traffic to crossover lanes – for approximately four weeks from start of work in mid-May:
* Single lane closure in the direction of Scott Arms (eastbound) – for approximately 10 weeks from mid-June
* Contraflow with westbound carriageway closed – for approximately 10 weeks from mid-August
* Contraflow with eastbound carriageway closed – for approximately 10 weeks from late-October
* Single lane closure in the direction of Scott Arms (eastbound) – for approximately 6 weeks from January 2022
* Lane closures in both directions to reinstate central reservation – for approximately 3 weeks from early-March 2022 to completion of project in late-March 2022.
A document with exact details of the contraflow system can be found below.
In my role as your Member of Parliament, I’ll be updating you all on the works via my social media channels, but also an email bulletin which you can sign up for using the form below.
And, as always, if you have any queries, questions or concerns, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.