Beams for second bridge to be laid as part of Wigan’s new link road

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Beams for a second bridge integral to Wigan Borough’s brand-new motorway link road will be laid next month – another major milestone for the scheme.

Wigan Council commissioned Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK in 2018 to deliver the A49 link road, which will connect Goose Green to Westwood Park and the town centre.

Next month the beams for a second bridge, which will go over Poolstock Lane, will be laid.

This follows the recent installation of beams for the first bridge, which will be over the canal adjacent to Scotman’s Flash.

In order to deliver the works safely, a section of Poolstock Lane will be closed from midnight on Friday 17th May through to 6am on Monday 20th May with a signed diversion in place.

Residents and local businesses have been informed and will still have access to their properties. The emergency services will also have access should they be required to attend the Poolstock area.

The new road is part of a wider plan for investment in the borough’s road network and is in line with the council’s commitment to generating economic growth and improving infrastructure.

Once complete, it will also reduce the amount of through-traffic along Poolstock and will improve air quality.

Eryl Evans, project manager at Jones Bros said: “We have worked hard to ensure that all residents and businesses immediately affected by this closure have been directly contacted well in advance as we understand that alternative arrangements may need to be made in some cases. 

“We appreciate that this may cause some inconvenience, but we are committed to delivering a high-quality project for the people of Wigan. Safety is our key priority when undertaking these projects, so it is imperative that we take all the necessary precautions.

“The diversion route will be clearly sign-posted and we are working closely with the council to ensure anybody else who may be affected by this is aware.”

Each of the beams used in preparation for the bridges are 32 metres long and 70.5 tonnes in weight. Following the Scotman’s Flash and Poolstock bridges, Jones Bros will prepare for a third bridge that will go over Smithy Brook.

Becca Heron, director of economy and skills at Wigan Council said: “We would like to thank local residents and businesses in advance of the closure for their cooperation.

“Road closures are only implemented when absolutely necessary and are used to ensure the safety of workers, pedestrians, motorists and residents.

“From the beginning of this project, Jones Bros have been professional, informative and sensitive and we will continue to work with them to ensure the road closure and diversions are in place for the shortest time possible.

“Once the link road is complete, there will be many benefits including providing businesses and residents with better east-west connectivity in the borough, which is a vital part of the borough’s economic growth strategy.”

The A49 scheme has been made possible through funding support from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s Growth Deal, which is managed by Transport for Greater Manchester.

For more information, please visit www.wigan.gov.uk and search ‘A49’.