We are sorry that the work to demolish the Desoto road and rail bridge has had such an impact on local residents overnight.
We were using a pecker to take the concrete road deck down which is surrounded by steel beams.
During this process the steel beams started to vibrate and emit a high frequency noise.
This noise was particularly noticeable during the quiet of night and for this we sincerely apologise.
We would like to assure local residents that this specific element of work was completed today and that removal of the beams overnight tonight should not result in the same levels of noise.
We are working 24 hours per day to remove the bridge in order to finish the work in the shortest timescale possible and in line with Network Rail’s restricted rail line possession.
Overnight work will continue until the end of the week, but we are checking the programme to try to make sure that any noisy operations will be finished as early in the evening as possible.
24 July 2017
Mersey Gateway roadworks update
Essential work on the Mersey Gateway Project means the following new road, lane and footpath closures will be in place over the coming days and weeks. Read more →
A 400-metre section of Hutchinson Street in Widnes will be closed for a week from 23 July to 29 July whilst the Desoto Road bridge near to Stobarts and the Tesco Distribution Centre is demolished as part of the Mersey Gateway Project. Read more →
17 July 2017
Mersey Gateway roadworks update
Essential work on the Mersey Gateway Project means the following new road, lane and footpath closures will be in place over the coming days and weeks.
Please note the table below does not include details of ongoing work. For information on existing major closures and diversion routes, visit Plan Your Journey on the Mersey Gateway website.
|17/07/17 – 31/07/17||A533 Queensway, Widnes||Overnight lane closure (7.30pm – 5am) of the Silver Jubilee Bridge northbound to Desoto Road.|
|18/07/17 & 19/07/17||Hutchinson Street, Widnes||There will be two way temporary traffic signals between Wandsworth Way and Desoto Road (7.30pm – 5am)|
|20/07/17 & 21/07/17||Hutchinson Street, Widnes||There will be two way temporary traffic signals between Wandsworth Way and Cromwell Street (7.30pm – 5am)|
|28/07/17 – 30/07/17||A562 Speke Road, Widnes||Weekend closure (7.30pm Friday – Midnight Sunday) of either northbound or southbound Speke Road. The direction of the closure, and therefore the diversion, will alternate between the northbound and southbound Speke Road.|
|31/07/17 – 25/08/17||A533 Bridgewater Expressway, Runcorn||Overnight closures (7.30pm – 5am) of the eastbound Bridgewater Expressway between Astmoor West Interchange and Astmoor East Interchange. A diversion via Astmoor Road will be in place.|
There is a series of ongoing works taking place across Widnes and Runcorn. For more details on these works visit Down Your Street on the Mersey Gateway website or click the area links below:
- Bridgewater / Daresbury / Central Expressway interchange
- A533 Central Expressway around Halton Brow / Halton Lea
- A533 Central Expressway at Lodge Lane Interchange
- A577 Weston Point Expressway at Weston Junction
- Weston Point Expressway / M56 Junction 12
Halton Borough Council works
See Halton Borough Council’s roadworks page for details of other roadworks in Halton.
Following a week-long contest, the winner of the competition to find the Mersey Gateway visitor centre’s 25,000th guest has been announced.