Wokingham Borough Council ahead of schedule with the Lower Earley Way road restructure
Wokingham Borough Council has announced another step forward in its fight against congestion as phase two of the Lower Earley Way Dualling, Major Highways Project, is expected to finish two months ahead of schedule.
Phase two of the project, which involves widening the northbound carriageway, was originally due to be complete in November but is now on track to be completed before the end of the summer holidays. Phase three, which was scheduled to start in November, will now begin on 2 September.
The Lower Earley Way Dualling scheme, which is part of the Council’s £124million Major Highways Project, widens the road to provide two lanes in each direction, between the Loddon Roundabout near Showcase Cinema and the new junction with the Winnersh Relief Road.
The project is intended to accommodate additional traffic which is expected following the completion of phase two of the Winnersh Relief Road (WRR).
“We are very pleased that this Major Highways Project is progressing ahead of schedule. The Lower Earley Way Dualling scheme—the whole project–is due to be completed in February 2020 but we are hopeful, given our current status, that we will be able to finish before this date,” said Cllr Pauline Jorgensen, executive member for highways and transport. “We would like to thank our residents and local businesses for their patience while these vital works are taking place to help us reduce congestion.”
The next phase of the project beginning in September will see the team finish the diversion of a gas main under the road in its new location before final resurfacing works later in Autumn. The works will involve the installation of narrow lanes on both the northbound and southbound carriageways which will require barriers to be in place.
To allow these works to be carried out safely, overnight road closures will be in place along Lower Earley Way between the Showcase roundabout and the junction with Winnersh Relief Road 8.30pm to 6am from Monday 2 September for up to 6 nights.
Minor delays can be expected during peak periods and road users are encouraged to use alternative routes.
· Cyclists will have access to a cycle path which will be signposted. There will also be a marshal to guide cyclists
· Further overnight works, mainly for resurfacing and road marking, are planned for late October. Traffic will be diverted down Winnersh Relief Road and Reading Road.
· Lower Earley Way Dualling is a section of the Winnersh Relief Road scheme being delivered for Wokingham Borough Council by Balfour Beatty through the SCAPE Framework. As well as improving reliability for drivers on this busy stretch of road, the additional capacity this scheme provides will support the Council in meeting its targets towards economic growth.
Further information regarding the Lower Earley Way Dualling Major Highways Project can be found by visiting the council website