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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Work starts on A483/A55 junction next month

Work is due to start next month on the £5.3 million to relieve a traffic “pinch point” at the junction of the A483 and A55 near Chester.

According to the Highways Agency which is overseeing the work, the aim is to cure existing problems with congestion at the junction that results in significant queues and delays at peak times. 
The scheme will also address some of the safety issues and accidents associated with the congestion and existing configuration, says the agency.

Works is due to be carried out between September and next March. However, there has already been pre-works on the A55 junction 38 bridge deck between the eastbound entry slip and the westbound exit slip. 

Work so far at weekends has caused major congestion, particularly  on the Chester-bound carriageway of the A483 and led to calls by Wrexham MP Ian Lucas for more warning to be given to motorists of likely hold-ups.

The agency says in a statement: “The scheme will provide additional lane capacity but will also ensure the existing carriageway is better utilised, which will improve traffic flows and reduce delays. 
“The scheme will also offer significant safety benefits. A new footbridge for shared use by cyclists and pedestrians will be constructed adjacent to the west bridge. The estimated cost is £5.3 million.”

Works include:

·        Widening of existing carriageway in key areas

·        Additional signals on A55/A483

·        New traffic signals A483/Rough Hill

·        Conversion of Pulford roundabout into a signalised junction

·        Reassignment of existing carriageways/lanes

·        Installation of new pedestrian/cyclist footbridge just west of the roundabout

More information will be posted on the project page at http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/A55A483-Improvements.

If you have any queries about this project you should contact the Highways Agency Information Line by emailing ha_​info@​highways.​gsi.​gov.​uk, or calling 0300 123 5000.

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