Council bosses are seeking to reassure residents in Burton and South Derbyshire that highways crews are making significant progress on St Peter’s Bridge as they urge the community to consider alternative ways of transport as children go back to school.
The three-month closure of St Peter’s Bridge only began a week ago but is already causing chaos for those who need to venture around the town to get to school and work.
With the majority of youngsters going back to school today, Staffordshire County Council is urging parents to be patient and, if possible, to consider walking or cycling to school or work.
Mark Deaville, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member responsible for highways, said: "This is an important investment in the gateways to the town and will help make a real difference to the long-term prosperity of people in Burton.
"Our crews made great progress last week managing to strip back most of the bridge’s road surface to allow for the essential waterproofing.
"This week, crews will be focusing on the removal of all the kerbs and footpaths so more waterproofing can be done.
"These are really vital improvements which will ensure that the bridge, which forms a vital link through the town, will be free of unplanned and disruptive maintenance work in the future, and help support businesses and economic growth."
Mr Deaville added: "We know that the work is causing some disruption but we are doing everything we can to minimise this and get the work done as efficiently as possible.
"And with children going back to school this week, I would like to remind people to please plan and allow extra time for their journeys or, if possible, consider walking or cycling to school or work.
"Once again, I would like to thank people for their co-operation and patience while this essential work is being carried out."
Last week crews removed the bridge’s road surface to allow the start of work on waterproofing, along with important drainage investigations to establish the current condition of the storm water drains.
This week crews will be working to remove all kerbs and footpaths from the bridge in preparation for further waterproofing.
From this week, both a daytime and twilight crew will be working on site which means that work will be carried out on site from 7.30am to 10.30pm. This will help to get the work completed as efficiently as possible.
The county council has also been working with bus operators to minimise disruption to passengers, while all traffic is being diverted via Burton Bridge and pedestrians via Ferry Bridge.
The project is due to be completed by the end of November.