Motorists can rejoice as the A483 / A55 have reopened, with the infamous pinchpoint roadworks finishing earlier this morning.
Some thought the day may never arrive, however shortly after 5am this morning the pinchpoint scheme on the A483/A55 was largely completed and the new layout was opened. Meaning for the first time in several months, the traffic was not backed up all the way to the Rossett Junction.
The £6 million project which has been ongoing since October 2014 and is part of a national ‘pinchpoint scheme’, which has seen the removal of the former Pulford Roundabout / introduction of two new sets of traffic lights in replacement, the addition of fourth lane to ease congestion on the A55, the strengthening of bridges and the introduction of a new footbridge for pedestrians and cyclists.
The ongoing roadworks have caused a number of issues to motorists who regularly commute down the A483/A55, with the number of closures resulting in long delays on the bypass and around the surrounding areas.
For many this morning the commute to and from Chester appears to have been the best it has been in months, with Fran getting in touch with Wrexham.com this morning to say she now ‘officially believes in miracles’.
At the time of writing the road is still clear and fully open, however there are still a handful of workers on the bypass and it looks as though some road markings are still needed in the area. A few overnight lane closures are expected to finish off some aspects of the road – however it is unlikely this will cause many issues to motorists.
So far there have been a lot of positive comments about the reopening of the Posthouse Roundabout, with motorists managing to pass through the area with no delays or problems.
Credit where it is due – A55/A483 was the best it has been for 10 years this morning. @wrexham
— Tim Purcell (@Tim_Purcell) June 29, 2015
@wrexham a483 clear off traffic flew all the way through to post house roundabout
— Lisa Bell (@lisabelljones) June 29, 2015
— Kristina Schofield (@kristinamarys) June 29, 2015
@wrexham so how was the A483 this morning? Was it ‘improved’ or has the whole scheme ended in disaster?
— Enilorac (@Carlylou23) June 29, 2015
@wrexham posthouse roundabout works all completed, straight through this morning.
— Chris warwick (@chrispwarwick) June 29, 2015
— Mike Corris (@mike_corris) June 29, 2015
@wrexham A483 all open :)
— tom jones (@grubberkick) June 29, 2015
Others however are reserving their judgement for a little longer…
— TREVOR JONES (@SWISSTJ) June 29, 2015
— Tom Dolan (@dolandeclares) June 29, 2015
— Claire Park (@ClaireP68) June 29, 2015
The past weekend saw some of the worst delays since the roadworks began, with North Wales Police closing off the road and redirecting people away from the area. Those who were unfortunate enough to get stuck in traffic for a few hours were seen sunbathing – a couple even had a picnic!
So far the completed roadworks and reopening of the A483 / A55 appear to have gone down well with motorists, however given the volume of traffic on the weekend it is possible some people are still avoiding the route; so many will reserve judgement until rush hour later today / travel times throughout the rest of the week.
It is early days with the new road layout, however for those who travelled on the A483 this morning – it does seem so far so good!