Council receives funding for Ring Road works.

Published Thursday, 02 July 2020

Following a successful bid, the Council has been awarded £5m to help fund a programme of upgrade works to Swanswell Viaduct on the Ring Road.

The work will take place on the raised section of the Swanswell Viaduct, between Junctions 2 and 4 of the Ring Road and is expected to be finished around Summer 2021.

These works are the second phase of a programme of planned upgrades to the viaduct, with phase one having already been completed in 2018.  Phase two will include a range of improvements including:

  • upgrading of the vehicular parapets
  • replacement of the concrete fascia panels
  • bridge deck waterproofing
  • repair of expansion joints
  • carriageway resurfacing
  • repairs to the support trestles

The funding comes from the Department for Transport’s Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund. The Council submitted a bid to receive funding for the project and the bid was approved by the Government earlier this week.

Cllr Patricia Hetherton, Cabinet Member for City Services, said:

“The Ring Road is still in good condition however it’s over 40 years old and parts of it, like the Swanswell Viaduct, could do with a bit of attention.

“That’s why I welcome this funding from the Government. It means that we can go in and give this section of the road the upgrades it needs to ensure that it’s the best condition it can be.


"Of course, this is a major route around the city centre, and it will have some impact on traffic movement, but we will do everything we can to ensure that any disruption is minimal." 

In addition to this funding from the Department for Transport, the Council will contribute 2.5% from the Capital Highways Maintenance budget.

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