Construction of the new bridge deck at Junction 6 of the Coventry Ring Road will reach a major landmark in November, with the final delivery and installation of the steel beams that will form part of the support structure of Warwick Road and the pedestrian boulevard.
A large section has already been formed following the first installation in September, and this next phase will finally show the full span of the bridge deck.
In total, 11 pairs of beams will be installed overnight from the 7 – 10 November.
To enable the preparation and installation to be undertaken safely, a full closure of the ring road carriageway beneath Junction 6 will be in place in both directions each night between 8pm – 6am from Wednesday 5 – Thursday 20 November.
Delivery vehicles will be making the journey from South Wales into the city from November 7 – 10, via the A46, the A444 through Whitley and onto the London Road before making their way up the entry slip road onto Junction 6 where they will be unloaded and installed.
Due to their nature and size – all of the vehicles will be escorted as they are slow moving abnormal loads carrying the 30m long structures – some minor delays to traffic are expected as they navigate the route, particularly on the narrower roads on the entry to the city centre.
The first beams are expected to arrive in the city centre at approximately 8:00pm, with two subsequent deliveries following throughout the evening, at 90 minute intervals.
Three further deliveries will be made each night on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 November, with the final two deliveries arriving on Monday 10, which will complete the second and final phase.
Cllr Rachel Lancaster, Cabinet Member for Public Services said:
“We have already made enormous progress on this project and the delivery and installation of the final sets of beams really is a landmark moment in the construction of the Bridge Deck.
“As most of the work so far has been within the area of the Junction 6 roundabout, when these beams are put in place everyone will finally have a true impression of the sheer size and footprint of the scheme.
“A huge amount of work has taken place already in order for us to reach this point and with new kerb lines of approach roads and the new layout of Warwick Road also taking shape, we really are gearing up to enter the final stretch of the project and are on track for our completion date of next spring.
“We have scheduled the delivery and installation to cause as minimal disruption to road users as is possible, but with such a huge undertaking, it is inevitable there will be some delays to traffic during these times, so we ask people to please bear with us”.
During the delivery and installation of the beams, access to and from the railway station, Central Six retail park and the shops opposite will be maintained at all times, as will access to the city centre from Junction 5 and Junction 7, following the diversions currently in place.
Work on the bridge deck is funded by Regional Growth Fund and European Regional Development Fund grant investment.