Construction work on the Wrexham Industrial Estate Access Roads Scheme reached another milestone this week when bridge beams were placed on the new tarmac quarry access bridge at Holt Road.
It marks an important stage of works as the bridge’s completion will allow the new section of dual carriageway on the A534 Holt Road to be completed between the Holt Road roundabout and the new Gourton Hall roundabout.
The construction of the road is over the half way point, currently in week 39 of the 66-week construction period, which began on May 16th last year.
Work is currently on track to be completed on time by August of this year with the southern section, from Cross Lanes to Five Fords, expected to be finished well ahead of schedule. The northern section is also slightly ahead of schedule.
In other good news the Welsh Government funded scheme, which is the culmination of a 20 year fight to improve links to the town’s industrial estate, is currently on budget.
Cllr David Bithell, Lead Member for the Environment and Transport, said: “The progress to date is excellent and I know everyone is looking forward to the benefits this improved access will bring to employers and organisations on the Wrexham Industrial Estate.”
The Industrial Estate Access Roads Scheme comprises of two distinct access roads. First, the northern route, which runs from Borras roundabout in the north to Bryn Lane roundabout in the south, where it connects with the estate’s ring road adjacent to the JCB factory. This route is approximately 3.2km or 2 miles long and is dual carriageway all the way.
Second, the southern route, which runs from the A525 at Cross Lanes in the south to the estate at Five Fords. This route is approximately 1.2 km, or ¾ mile long and consists of a single carriageway
Since October last year, all A534 Holt Road traffic has been temporarily running on what will eventually become a combined footway, cycleway and agricultural access, enabling the current work on the permanent dual carriageway A534 to be carried out without traffic.