Update on Southern Link Road Phase 4

An update from Worcestershire County Council:

Since major works started 6 months ago on the fourth phase of the scheme to fully dual the Southern Link Road between Junction 7 of the M5 and Powick Roundabout, work has been progressing well.

The site offices and main compound have been established off the Powick roundabout, temporary sheet piling works are complete and foundation works are progressing well for both the new Carrington Bridge and the Powick Viaduct, with three out of the five piers for the viaduct already constructed. Openreach have now completed a major network diversion near the Ketch Roundabout and the temporary access ramp down to the east abutment of the bridge is nearly complete in readiness to for construction of the foundations on the east side of the river to begin. The embankment that will support the new carriageway on the south side of Temeside Way is now constructed up to almost 1 metre in height and the drainage blanket installation is complete.

We are determined to minimise any impact on traffic during completion of SLR4, however, it will be necessary to have a limited number of lane restrictions on the Powick and Ketch Roundabouts and some overnight closures/restrictions on the approaches to them to provide working space to increase capacity on the roundabout approaches, circulatory carriageway and exits, install new street lighting, upgrade pedestrian/cycle crossings and to tie into Temeside Way and the new carriageway.

The Traffic Management phases between now and Christmas 2019 are summarised below. Please note that the dates and duration are subject to change but hopefully this will provide you with an overview of what to expect. I will provide a similar summary of the proposed Traffic Management arrangements for the first quarter of 2020 in due course.

The Traffic Management will be deployed for the minimum period necessary in a configuration that will have the  minimum possible impact on traffic consistent with efficient working and the safety of road users and the workforce. There will be a requirement to divert pedestrians and cyclists for some phases of the work and users will be directed to follow the shortest safe alternative route.

Advanced warning signs will be displayed on site and diversions will be signposted for full road closures. We will deliver letters to any businesses or residents we expect to be directly affected by the work and we will ensure that Worcestershire Regulatory Services are notified as appropriate and that their guidelines are followed.

Period Location TM Purpose
Duration of scheme Ketch viewpoint and carpark Fully closed. To provide works access to the bridge and underpass and to reconfigure the viewpoint and carpark.
Duration of scheme Severn Way Fully closed in the vicinity of Carrington Bridge. To provide works access to the bridge.
Mid-August 2019 – end scheme Powick Roundabout service vehicle layby and Old Powick Road Closed 24/7 (southern end of Old Powick Road to be closed shortly). To provide a work/construction area for the Hams Way Footbridge.
30th September until 25th December 2019 Southeast quadrant of Powick Roundabout Temeside Way fully closed in both directions overnight on Monday 30th September (9pm-5:30am) thereafter Temeside Way will be down to 2 lanes on the approach to Powick Roundabout for the duration of this phase of work. During the overnight closure a diversion will be signposted via Bath Road/Bromwich Road but blue light services will still be able to use Temeside Way). To construct a new Malvern-bound free-flow lane (although note this will not open immediately following this phase of work).
1st October 2019 for 14 weeks (including approx. 5 nights of overnight closures) A38 immediately north of Ketch Roundabout Road fully closed overnight in both directions for approx. 5 nights  (9pm – 5:30am M-F inc.) between the Ketch and Timberdine Roundabouts. The southbound lanes will be on a temporary new alignment for 12 weeks thereafter. The pedestrian crossing will be temporarily relocated to the north (opposite the shops). A diversion will be signposted during the closures via A4440/London Road. Drivers will be warned at other key locations (eg Powick, Sidbury and Whittington) so they can divert earlier if they wish. To widen the carriageway to increase stacking capacity on the southbound approach to Ketch  Roundabout.
7th October – 11th October 2019 Western end of Temeside Way near to Powick Roundabout Temeside Way will be closed in both directions overnight from 7th October for approx. 5 evenings (9pm-5.30am). During the overnight closures a diversion will be signposted via Bath Road/Bromwich Road but blue light services will still be able to use Temeside Way). To install ducting for new street lighting and signals.

Please note that dates/times may vary due to factors such as inclement weather. Some of the work is sequential so any delay will impact subsequent dates.

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