Wyvern Way Access Bridge repairs start next week

Published: 4 June 2020

Wyvern Way access bridge

Repair and maintenance works on the Wyvern Way access bridge over the A52 are due to start next week.

The works  will enhance the life of the bridge by replacing aging parts and renewing movement joints and deck waterproofing.

Phase 1 to replace the defective bearings, will commence on Monday 8th June and will take approximately ten weeks to complete. One lane on the A52 eastbound (out of Derby) has been closed whilst preparation works are taking place.  To safely carry out the first phase of work, we will also need to close the slip road from the A52 eastbound to Wyvern Way.

This will mean that from Monday 8th June vehicles travelling along the A52 eastbound and heading towards Wyvern/Pride Park will need to continue on the eastbound carriageway, taking the exit towards Spondon roundabout, turning right round the roundabout and returning on the A52 westbound to the slip road to Wyvern Way.

To set up the traffic management for phase 1, we will need to close the A52 eastbound between Pentagon Island and Raynesway from 7.00am to 5.00pm on Sunday 7th June. Drivers should be aware that highways maintenance works are also being carried out over the weekend, which will mean the westbound carriageway will be closed too.

Once the first phase is completed, maintenance work will continue to refurbish and waterproof the deck of the bridge.  This phase will last approximately seven weeks and will require the slip road from Wyvern Way to the A52 eastbound to be closed.

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, there is an impact on how quickly the work can be completed as the sub-contractor has had to review their working practices in line with the latest guidance.

Signed diversion routes will be in place for these closures and roads will be opened earlier than stated wherever possible.

Councillor Matthew Holmes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration and Transportation said:

As a Council, we remain committed to delivering our major projects amidst the current pandemic, and by carrying this essential maintenance out now, we’re making use of the current low levels of traffic on the roads, which in turn will avoid further disruption in future years.  It therefore makes sense to press ahead with purpose now, and once again I would like to thank local businesses, residents and motorists for their patience and cooperation

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