Highways Agency to replace the A45 Ryton river bridge

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MOTORISTS are being warned that the Highways Agency will be replacing a northbound section of the bridge, which is located near the Holiday Inn Hotel at Ryton-on-Dunsmore, and carries A45 London Road traffic over the River Avon from Monday, February 27.

An approximately 15m section of the grade II listed bridge has deteriorated on the northbound side of the structure and now needs to be demolished and reconstructed in order to maintain a safe surface for road users.

Work is due to start on Monday, February 27, and be completed by Friday, March 30 and will take place during daylight hours, 8am to 6pm. During these periods there will be a lane one closure of the northbound carriageway.

In addition a full overnight closure of the northbound carriageway will be required on the commencement of the project (27 February), and to remove traffic management measures on completion. These will take place between the hours of 10pm and 6am.

When the overnight closures are in place a diversion will take traffic via the A445 Leamington Road and Leicester Lane, the A452 Kenilworth Road, A46 and the A45 Stonebridge Highway. There will still be access for localised road users.

Highways Agency project manager, Mark Collins said: “The condition of this particular section of the sandstone bridge is such that there is no option but to demolish and replace around 15m of the structure. We acknowledge that this work will cause delays to journeys so thank motorists in advance for their patience, and suggest they look at alternative routes if appropriate.

“Local road users will be aware that we have had narrow lanes and a reduced speed limit in place at this point of the A45 for some weeks now as a safety measure. They will no doubt be pleased to know that these works will result in a return to a fully open carriageway with 50mph speed limits and a safer bridge crossing for both traffic and pedestrians.”