Viaduct beams in this month

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page -

● A GI­ANT set of con­crete beams are to be in­stalled by con­struc­tion teams for a brand new road viaduct in Widnes with road clo­sures planned.

A 350 tonne crawler crane will be po­si­tioned in the mid­dle of Vic­to­ria Road to lift eight pre-cast beams into place.

The work is part of the Mersey Gate­way Project and will start on Fri­day, Jan­uary 13, when the struc­tures will be lifted into po­si­tion to form the Widnes Loops viaduct.

It will help form a new high-level road cross­ing that will carry traf­fic over the Widnes Loops junc­tion.

A se­ries of week­end and overnight clo­sures are planned for Vic­to­ria Road and Water­loo Road while the work takes place to min­imise dis­rup­tion and to en­sure the safety of pedes­tri­ans, mo­torists and con­struc­tion work­ers.

Clo­sures are to be place be­tween 7.30pm on Fri­day, Jan­uary 13, to 5am on Mon­day, Jan­uary 16. Fur­ther clo­sures are planned from 7.30pm on Fri­day, Jan­uary 20, to 5am on Mon­day, Jan­uary 23.

Overnight clo­sures will be in force on Mon­day, Jan­uary 16, Tues­day, Jan­uary 17, and Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 18, from 7.30pm to 5am.

A ve­hi­cle di­ver­sion will be in place and pedes­trian ac­cess will be main­tained.

A Merseylink spokesman said the Ir­well Street bus stop will be fully op­er­a­tional with a tem­po­rary one in­stalled on Hutchin­son Street af­ter Wandsworth Way.

Merseylink’s gen­eral man­ager Hugh O’Con­nor said: “These es­sen­tial works form part of the wider con­struc­tion that is hap­pen­ing at the Widnes Loops junc­tion.

“Clos­ing the road will al­low us to safely con­struct the new road viaduct above Water­loo Road.

“As ever, the safety of pedes­tri­ans, mo­torists and our con­struc­tion work­ers is our num­ber one pri­or­ity.

“We are hop­ing to com­plete the works as soon as pos­si­ble in Jan­uary, how­ever as these ac­tiv­i­ties are weather de­pen­dent, tim­ings may change so I’d ad­vise peo­ple to check the Mersey Gate­way web­site for the lat­est in­for­ma­tion.”

Fur­ther clo­sures will take place in Fe­bru­ary to al­low teams to lay the con­crete deck for the viaduct.

Aerial pic­ture show­ing con­struc­tion of the Widnes Loops junc­tion

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