Work to rebuild the Cross Keys drawbridge on the A17 motorway will be stopped for the anniversary weekend, planning bosses have announced. Thousands of people are expected to travel to the coast on the platinum anniversary weekend and it is hoped minimal traffic management will reduce congestion around the bridge.
Major maintenance work has been ongoing since late February and has caused significant disruption . Work is currently underway to repaint the Grade II listed structure to update it while preserving the bridge’s heritage.
The temporary traffic lights will be removed starting at 5pm on Wednesday, June 1, and will return on Monday morning, June 6. Work on the bridge has recently passed the halfway point and work is now concentrated on the eastbound road as well as the footpath.
The last road closure took place on May 25, allowing crews to carry out work on the roundabout and repair potholes in the area. Councillor Richard Davies, executive member for highways , referred to the progress of the work and said: “The news that these vital and extensive works are going well is very welcome.
Local businesses are struggling with congestion, saying the works have “destroyed” commerce and some shops have even been forced to close. Acknowledging that the works have caused problems, Councillor Davies said: “We have found that traffic management has been difficult at times over the past few weeks and we regret the frustration caused.”
He also thanked residents and road users for their patience.