Repair work to be carried out at Burway Bridge in Ludlow
Coronation Avenue on the B4361 road in Ludlow will be closed to traffic for up to three days starting on Wednesday 6 June 2012. Burway Bridge, which crosses the River Corve, was built in 2008, after the previous bridge had been washed away in 2007 by severe floods.
The proposed closure is required to enable work to be carried out to replace a bridge expansion joint which crosses the road at the town centre end of the bridge, and is necessary because the existing joint is leaking and is not performing as it should. Because it is ‘new’, the contractor who installed it will be carrying out the replacement work at his own cost.
When the road is closed, traffic into Ludlow from the north will be diverted via the A49 to the Henley Road roundabout, and then into town along Henley Road, Gravel Hill and Station Drive. Northbound traffic will be diverted vice versa.
In addition, traffic approaching from the town wishing to access properties situated alongside the B4361 between the bridge and the A49 will be diverted via Station Drive, Gravel Hill, New Road and Bromfield Road.
Access over the bridge for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will remain available as usual throughout the proposed work.
Simon Jones, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member responsible for bridge maintenance, said:
“It is appreciated that the proposed road closure will cause some inconvenience and everyone will do all that they reasonably can to reopen the road as soon as possible. To avoid disrupting school traffic, the work has been deliberately programmed to be carried out during the school half term holiday.”
Rosanna Taylor-Smith, local Shropshire Councillor for Ludlow North, said:
“We have scheduled this repair work at half-term to avoid disruption to Ludlow School and before the start of Ludlow Festival, and hope to reopen the road as soon as possible.”