Watkinson Way – update on road closure
The closure of Watkinson Way and introduction of a new road layout in this part of Widnes is an essential part of the Mersey Gateway Project.
Hugh O’Connor, General Manager at Merseylink, said that while the closures were causing delays, it is vital work, and essential to allow traffic to access the new bridge when it opens this autumn.“We are aware that there have been delays as the new diversion route has been introduced and understand that this can be very frustrating for motorists.
“The existing infrastructure, although passable, does not have the capacity to enable diverted traffic to flow freely through the area at peak times as the diversion route only affords a single lane in each direction. Unfortunately, there is no alternative, and we apologise for the inconvenience during these times.
“This closure had originally been planned to be introduced much earlier in April 2016, but following adjustment of construction schedules we were able to delay this for a year, ensuring motorists were affected for the absolute minimum amount of time required.
“Our teams are continuing to actively monitor traffic, signal timings and to do everything we can to minimise the disruption. But our advice to people is to try and find an alternative route where possible.”
The signed diversion route for the closure takes traffic travelling between the Widnes Eastern Bypass and the Silver Jubilee Bridge via the new Widnes Loops roundabout, Hutchinson Street and Wandsworth Way which is now two way. This configuration will be in place until the new bridge opens.
Drivers are reminded to keep up to date with traffic management issues around Widnes and Runcorn by listening and watching for new alerts on road signage and social media, and by visiting the Down Your Street section on the Mersey Gateway website.