Wokingham Borough Council began building a wildlife friendly green bridge over the new Arborfield Cross Relief Road (ACRR) this week.
The tree-lined green bridge will allow a safe crossing for pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders and wildlife, and has been designed to blend into the landscape.
It will follow the route of the existing public right of way, linking Arborfield Court Woodland and Spring Copse, which lie on either side of the new relief road.
The scheme includes hedgerow planting, trees and grassland to signpost wildlife to use the green bridge to navigate over the ACRR.
“With the installation of this green bridge we look forward to offering a new route across the Arborfield Cross Relief Road for pedestrians, cyclists, and horse riders, as well as a safe passage for local wildlife,” said Cllr Pauline Jorgensen, executive member for transport and highways.
“This is an important milestone in the council’s major highways project, which is part of a £1billion investment in infrastructure across the borough.”
The ACRR will have a shared use pathway along the road for cyclists and pedestrians, which will form part of a wider network across all the major highways to encourage the use of more sustainable forms of transport.
The new 2.3km road, which will link the A327 north of Greensward Lane to the A327 south of the Langley Common Road roundabout, supports the development of the Arborfield major development site, consisting of 3500 new homes.
The ACRR will reduce congestion, boost employment and create opportunities for more sustainable travel, providing traffic relief in Arborfield, Arborfield Cross and the surrounding rural lanes.
To find out more about the green bridge and the wider Arborfield Cross Relief Road scheme, visit the council website and search Arborfield Relief Road.