Five nights of closures on the A50 at Uttoxeter start later, to connect new sliproads to the dual carriageway.
Surfacing of the new slip roads and three roundabouts has been completed recently near the JCB World Parts Centre in Uttoxeter.
From today (13 June) until Sunday (17 June), the stretch between the B5030 roundabout at Uttoxeter and the A521 roundabout at Blythe Bridge will be affected by closures as the slip roads on and off the A50 are integrated into the existing dual carriageway.
- Wednesday, June 13, the westbound carriageway will be closed between 8pm and 5.30am. The eastbound carriageway will be open.
- On Thursday, June 14, the eastbound carriageway will be closed between 8pm and 5.30am. The westbound carriageway will be open.
- On Friday, June 15; Saturday, June 16; and Sunday, June 17; both carriageways will be closed entirely between 8pm and 5.30am.
Advance notices warning of the closures will be put in place by Highways England on its wider A-road and motorway network to encourage traffic to take alternative routes on the nights.
The closures have been scheduled so that on Thursday, June 14th traffic heading towards Stoke-on-Trent will be able to get away from the popular Ladies Night event at Uttoxeter racecourse without any difficulty.
From the east, traffic will be diverted northwards from the A50 on to the B5030 for a few hundred yards to the roundabout with the A518. Traffic will turn right there, cross back over the A50 along The Dove Way and continue on the A518 clockwise around Uttoxeter and follow the road towards Stafford. Vehicles will then follow the A51 and A34 towards Stoke-on-Trent and on to the A500 and A50. From the west the route is reversed.
The Shell petrol station, which stands on the westbound carriageway a few hundred yards west of the B5030 roundabout, will open as normal and access will be maintained at all times via the A522.
Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Economic Growth, said: “The newly-laid on and off-ramps have to be merged seamlessly into the A50.
“The safest and quickest way to do this, while minimising inconvenience for the public, is to close the road overnight where necessary.
“There will a well signposted diversion route which is suitable for all vehicles, including HGVs, and I would like to thank everyone in advance for their patience.
“Despite the bad weather this important project on the main connection between the West and East Midlands will be delivered on time later this year, opening up land for new housing and economic growth and supporting existing businesses, while making journeys safer.”