Road closure to go ahead as A500 widening scheme making good progress
Drivers are being reminded that a stretch of the A500 in Staffordshire will be closed this weekend as part of a scheme to widen the heavily-congested route.
The closure was due to take place last weekend but work was unable to go ahead because of the severe weather conditions.
The A500 southbound will be closed between the Porthill and Etruria junctions from 3am on Saturday 22 February until 5am on Monday 24 February. One lane of the northbound carriageway will remain open.
A diversion route, along the A5271, A50 and A53, will be clearly signposted.
The works are taking place as part of the £17.5 million A500 Etruria widening in Stoke-on Trent, which will increase the number of lanes from two to three in both directions.
The first phase of the scheme has now been completed and saw more than 65,500 hours clocked up by the workforce.
Work is now beginning on phase two of the upgrade and the current traffic management system will switch to the central reservation while works will be undertaken overnight.
The northbound carriageway closed the weekend beginning 7 February and finished on the Sunday night – several hours ahead of the 5am estimated finish – to enable the traffic management to be switched there. Now work will take place on the southbound carriageway from Friday.
Highways England Project Manager Humzah Mir said:
“Safety is our primary concern and we need to close the road for these works to ensure the protection of our workforce and road users.
“We were unable to carry out the work last weekend because of Storm Dennis but we are hoping to get the work done as quickly as possible and with minimum disruption this weekend.
“We appreciate the patience of drivers and the local community.”
The A500 connects the M6, Nantwich, Crewe and other Cheshire towns with Stoke-on-Trent and carries around 85,000 vehicles a day.
Over time, the number of vehicles using the A500 has increased, leading to an increase in collisions, congestion and delays.
This scheme is expected to be completed by autumn 2020 and will improve safety, reduce delays and queuing and improve journey time reliability. It will also support Stoke City Council’s Etruria Valley Development.
For further information about the scheme, please visit our webpage: https://highwaysengland.co.uk/a500-etruria-widening/