A50 Updates

A50 Growth Corridor update: August 2017

Hello,

Months of preparatory work and planning came to a successful conclusion early in July when the beams for a new bridge were successfully lifted into place across thehttp://www.denstonevillage.org.uk/index.php/news/a50-updates/ A50.

Working within a tolerance of a few millimetres, a 750 tonne crane lifted the six steel beams, weighing approximately 270 tonnes in total, into place over the weekend of 7 to 10 July.

To minimise the inconvenience to the public as much as possible, a great deal of work had been done in advance so what remained could be completed, safely, within one weekend.

In fact, although the A50 was scheduled to reopen at 5.30am on Monday morning, the workforce excelled itself and the road reopened at approximately 10pm on the Sunday night.

Although official diversions were in place for the weekend, and warnings to seek alternative routes were placed on the M1, M6, A38 and on national radio, we know the roads around Uttoxeter were busy at times that weekend and we thank everyone for their patience and understanding.

The bridge will eventually carry the A522 across the A50 and the upgraded junction will make it easier and safer to get on and off the A50 and open up land for new housing and economic growth.

Now that the beams have been laid work will continue to build up the embankments either side of the A50 and to lay reinforced concrete on the bridge deck to form the support for the road. Both the A50 and the A522 will be unaffected by this.

If you have a moment, there’s a 60 second film showing time lapse images of the 47 metre long beams being lifted into place.

Importance of the A50

The A50 is the most important transport link between the East and West Midlands and the planned improvements will also benefit major employers and their employees between Stoke-on-Trent and Derbyshire, making journeys quicker, easier and safer.

Staffordshire County Council is delivering these improvements on behalf of Highways England.

We will continue to update you as the project progresses.

Mail the A50 Growth Corridor Team at a50growthcorridor@staffordshire.gov.uk

Visit the A50 Growth corridor web page at https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/transport/staffshighways/roadworks/schemeinfo/eaststaffs/A50-Growth-Corridor/A50-Growth-Corridor.aspx