Gridlock fears over roadworks in Wrexham

Published date: 24 February 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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TRAFFIC misery could be looming for motorists as lane and overnight road closures take place on a busy bypass throughout March.

The A483 will be reduced to one lane both northbound and southbound at Junction 3 by Rhostyllen, Wrexham, as barriers around the nearby bridge are replaced.

Earlier this month there was traffic chaos on the northbound side of the bypass, as commuters tried to get through the same stretch of road which had been closed for works to improve drainage.

The carriageway went down to one lane, and for a number of days queues could be seen backing up as far as the Halton roundabout and causing hour-long delays at rush hour.

There will be a number of overnight closures.

On March 2 from 9pm to 5am the next day the road will be closed to set up the traffic controls, then again on March 11 and March 18 and finally on April 4 to open the road again.

Every day from March 2 to April 4 both carriageways will be down to one lane.

The last time this sort of works took place was last March, as commuters at rush hour faced delays of more than an hour by the junction at Mold Road.

Paul Surcliffe, area manager at Wrexham Council’s street works department, said: “These are pier protection works. The existing metal barriers around the bridge will be replaced with concrete which will be stronger and upgrade them to modern standards.

“Once the closures are in place there is not a lot we can do, we know this from old.
“I would advise drivers to be patient, take their time and leave with plenty of time to get to their destination, particularly during peak flow times.”

Colin Barker, 50, who commutes the A483 from Oswestry to Wrexham, said: “This is going to be horrific if it is anything like the roadworks we have had before. I understand works need to be done but unfortunately this road is so busy that the slightest incident can cause huge traffic delays.

“I might be looking to find a different route now.”

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