How the Broughton Bypass is progressing ahead of August opening

Posted on - 31st January, 2017 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, Business, Fulwood, Preston News, Roads, Transport
Looking at the Brooklands Bridge section of the bypass
Looking at the Brooklands Bridge section of the bypass

The new Broughton Bypass remains months from completion as the latest update has been given on its progress.

Running from before the Broughton crossroads round to D’urton Lane the road is aimed to relieve congestion on the A6.

The bypass is due to be completed by August, five months behind schedule, and is costing £24million.

Funded by the Preston and South Ribble City Deal the bypass has three key sections being worked on.

A6 Garstang – Whittingham Road

We have nearly finished installing the lighting columns on the western carriageway of the A6 Garstang Road. The temporary traffic management measures will however remain in place so we can safely install the kerb edgings up to the farm access and the lighting columns along the eastern carriageway.

The wing walls on the northern side of Helms Farm underpass are almost complete and work will soon start on the back wall drainage.

Read more: Traffic lights to be removed at Broughton crossroads

Over the coming weeks the ducting for the streetlights and signals is due to be installed at the Whittingham Road end alongside the northern carriageway and the first tarmac is to be laid.

Watch how the bypass is progressing

Whittingham Lane – Blundel Brook

Drainage and BT works have been continuing along Whittingham Lane and the final kerbs have been laid along the west tie in.

Over the coming weeks the lighting columns will be installed and the first tarmac will be laid before traffic can be diverted onto the new road section. Along the central road section the ecological works are continuing, we have been working on the newt ponds and the acoustic fencing will be installed along the noise bunds.

Watch the route for the bypass

Blundel Brook – M55 Junction

Work on the southern section is progressing well. Backfill has started on the south abutment of Brooklands Bridge and we will start on the brickwork in the next few weeks, before the sheet piles are removed.

Work has started on the repair to the brook training wall adjacent to the bridge leading from the car-park into the church grounds and will continue over the coming weeks.

Read more: New underpass put in place for bypass

Earthworks are still ongoing at the junction of D’Urton Lane and Garstang Road. The site access has been moved to enable the excavation works to continue further into D’Urton Lane.

Further work on the Bypass
Further work on the Bypass

Work on the bypass has also seen access to D’urton Lane closed from the A6, however access for pedestrians and cyclists remains.

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