COUNCIL bosses have praised motorists for adapting to a temporary new road layout as major improvement work at Marus Bridge progresses on schedule.
Wigan Council is currently managing the improvements to the former roundabout at Marus Bridge which in the coming weeks will be operational as a traffic light controlled junction.
We are pleased that the new temporary road layout is now keeping the traffic flowing and we thank motorists for adapting to the layoutMark Tilley
The change from a roundabout to a traffic light scheme is part of a major investment in Wigan’s road network to reduce congestion and improve the local economy.
Work on the new A49 link road - a dual carriageway between Goose Green and Westwood Park – is due to start early next year.
The Marus Bridge improvements are a key component of the new link road and will be followed by environmental improvements along Poolstock.
Residents and commuters will benefit from much faster journey times into and out of Wigan town centre once the full scheme is complete.
Last week the council responded to public concerns about delays near the Marus Bridge work by introducing a new road layout which has since kept the traffic flowing.
Mark Tilley, Wigan Council’s assistant director for infrastructure and highways, said: “We know that motorists have been affected by delays as a consequence of the work at Marus Bridge.
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused as we understand it can be very frustrating to be delayed.
“We are pleased that the new temporary road layout is now keeping the traffic flowing and we thank motorists for adapting to the layout.
“We will continue to monitor traffic flows as work continues.
“The improvement scheme is on schedule and barring any adverse weather it should be completed in the week commencing December 14th.”
Mr Tilley said the introduction of the traffic light controlled junction was part of a long-term plan to improve connectivity across Wigan.
He said: “While there has been some short-term difficulties during the construction phase the new junction at Marus Bridge is a key part of our overall strategy to improve journey times into and out of Wigan town centre.
“Residents and commuters will see the benefits in reduced journey times and better connectivity, particularly from the M6 motorway at junction 25, once the link road and further improvements are realised.”
The council is now preparing motorists for overnight closures in the week starting Monday 7th December from 8pm to 5am to allow the road surface to be laid.
North bound works will take place on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th when Warrington Road (A49) north bound will be closed from the junction with Worthington Way to Clapgate Lane.
Highfield Grange Avenue will be closed from the junction with Darran Avenue to Warrington Road. Warrington Road south bound and Poolstock Lane will remain open.
South bound works will take place on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th when Warrington Road (A49) south bound will be closed from the junction of Clapgate Lane to Fulbeck Avenue.
Poolstock Lane will be closed from the junction with Marus Avenue to Warrington Road. Warrington Road north bound and Highfield Grange Avenue will remain open.
Updates will be made through the media and social media to ensure the public are aware of the closures.
Once the traffic light junction is operational the automatic computer system which runs the traffic lights will take time to adjust meaning motorists may initially experience longer waits than normal.
However, this will soon rectify itself as the system adjusts to allow optimum traffic flows.
The Marus Bridge project is funded by the ‘Local Pinch Point’ fund from the Department for Transport.