Highways England has discovered that one of the concrete slabs which help form the A483 carriageways is failing and needs to be replaced to maintain the safety of road users.
The work is unconnected to recent ‘pinch point’ improvements along the A483 and at the roundabout with the A55 but is along the southbound carriageway just south of the new Pulford traffic lights which were installed as part of the package of improvements.
The emergency work started last night (Thursday 5 November) with a southbound lane 1 closure in place until 5am today for engineers to carry out a survery to determine the extent of the repairs needed and effect a temporary repair.
Further work will be taking place this weekend although the southbound carriageway will remain open – with a reduced 40mph speed limit in place – until 9pm tomorrow night (Saturday 7 November). From 9pm tomorrow night until 7am on Sunday morning (8 November) the southbound carriageway will be fully closed between Pulford traffic lights and the next junction (A483 junction 7) at Rossett to enable the old slab to be broken up and the void filled with tarmac. This will be followed between 7am and 9pm on Sunday with a lane 1 closure to allow the tarmac to set. The full closure will then be reinstated between 9pm on Sunday and 5am on Monday (9 November) to add the surface material.
During the 2 full overnight closures of the southbound carriageway, anyone wishing to travel along the southbound A483 will be sent along the westbound A55 to junction 35 to join the southbound A550 and B5373 at Hope – rejoiniing the A483 at junction 7 from the eastrbound B5102 out of Llay. Local diversions will also be in place from Pulford traffic lights and all the diversions will be clearly signed.
Drivers should leave extra time to complete journeys and can check travel conditions before setting out on journeys. Highways England provides live traffic information via its website , local and national radio travel bulletins, electronic road signs and mobile platforms, such as the iPhone. Information is also available from Twitter via @highwaysNWEST.
Providing they can do so safely, road users can also call the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000 to keep up to date with road conditions.