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Loddon Viaduct work finishes early

Loddon Viaduct work finishes early

19 August 2016
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Work by Wokingham Borough Council on the A3290/A329M Loddon Viaduct has finished ahead of schedule, and is due to open tomorrow (Saturday 20 August) with all lanes running as normal from 6am.

The borough council would like to thank motorists and road users for their patience and co-operation during the works especially during rush hour.

This major improvement and maintenance scheme started on 22 July, and was due to finish some six weeks later. However due to good weather, the bridge deck requiring less repair work than anticipated, and the hard work of contractor Balfour Beatty Living Places, it has finished some two weeks ahead of schedule.

This £1.1million scheme is a major project which has seen the old and noisy bridge joints on the viaduct replaced, a new permanent safety barriers installed, drainage improved, waterproofing the bridge deck, and resurfacing the carriageway.

"I'd like to thank everyone who uses Loddon Viaduct for being patient with us while this essential work was carried out; for taking alternative routes or allowing more time for their journeys", said Cllr Malcolm Richards, executive member for highways and transport.

"This was the second and final part of much-needed work to repair and upgrade this stretch of highway. We appreciate the roadworks have been an inconvenience for road users but are delighted they have been completed ahead of schedule. We know how important this route is and our contractors have been working around the clock to get the job done safely."

The borough council repaired and upgraded the northern (eastbound towards Bracknell) carriageway of the viaduct two summers ago. Like then, work this year was carried out during the school holidays when roads are traditionally quieter.

This work means the bridge shouldn't need significant maintenance for some time.  This stretch of highway is part of a major arterial route, so must be up to the task of sustaining and building our borough’s communities and economic health.

Find out more about this highways project and others on the interactive map on our website.


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