A £3.4 million project has begun this week to tackle congestion along a section of the busy A5036 near Liverpool.
The four-month Highways Agency project will see Bridge Road roundabout – at the western end of the A5036 at Litherland, north of Bootle – remodelled.
The work will reduce queueing and boost employment opportunities along the route which links the Port of Liverpool with the M57, M58 and the rest of the motorway network.
Gagandeep Singh, Project Manager at the Highways Agency, said:
Tackling congestion along this vital commercial route, linking the port and the motorway network at Switch Island, will improve safety and reduce queueing
This is a significant investment in improving the A5306 and has been devised with the Local Enterprise Partnership, supporting jobs generation and housing across this part of Merseyside.
Over the next few months, the roundabout will be remodelled into a ‘Hamburger’ design – carrying port-bound traffic through the middle of the existing island and giving a better flow for through-traffic by separating it from local traffic.
The work includes:
- conversion of the existing roundabout for westbound A5036 traffic, which will separate local traffic from through trunk road traffic
- associated traffic signal work to accommodate the change of layout on the roundabout
- modifications of the traffic islands around the roundabout
- improvements to the road markings around the roundabout
- resurfacing work around the roundabout
- landscaping of the roundabout
Lane closures are currently in place leading up to and on the roundabout between 8am and 5pm, and the project is due to be completed in March 2015.
The project is one of 123 in the Government’s £317 million ‘pinch-point’ initiative – a two year programme of targeted works being delivered alongside larger schemes and routine maintenance and improvements along the strategic road network.
The pinch-point programme, devised with the input of councils and local enterprise partnerships, is designed to help stimulate new development and local economic growth by improving road safety and tackling congestion bottle necks. In all, 28 projects, worth £66 million, are being delivered across the North West.
More information is available on the project’s dedicated webpage
Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.
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