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No new work to improve bridge until at least 2015

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: October 20, 2013

16/10/13 Potholes on Burton Bridge
Potholes / damaged road on Burton Bridge....

16/10/13 Potholes on Burton Bridge Potholes / damaged road on Burton Bridge....

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COUNCIL bosses have revealed that no refurbishment work will take place on a busy Burton bridge until 2015 at the earliest.

Highways chiefs at Staffordshire County Council stated that there was no ‘planned works’ until the 2015-16 financial year scheduled along Burton Bridge.

This comes after Mail readers got in touch to complain about the state of the road surface on the bridge.

A spokesman for the authority told the Mail: “I can confirm that as we speak there are no planned works along the bridge in the coming year.

“The next set of scheduled works along Burton Bridge are not until at least the 2015-16 financial year at the earliest.

“However, we would like to state the bridge, as with many other road surfaces in the town, is regularly inspected by highways teams to make sure that is up to standard.

“If any issues are found that could cause problems for drivers, they are quickly reported and dealt with via a patching system operated across Staffordshire’s road networks.”

The state of the road is highlighted in pictures taken by the Mail which show that sections of the surface are crumbling and in some cases even coming away in large chunks.

Many thought the road surface was set to be given a revamp earlier this year when Staffordshire County Council announced a major project to renovate and restore parts of the town’s road network in April.

The authority spent £245,000 in a bid to spruce up Wetmore Road and Bridge Street via replacing of any damaged kerbs and the resurfacing of the carriageway.

This work, which took around two weeks and caused traffic chaos in the town, did see repairs undertaken on the part of Burton Bridge which connects with Bridge Street.

However, workers only completed work on about one eight of the bridge, leaving a large section of it still in need of major works to improve it.

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