Final stage of Chester’s £5.3 million junction improvements to begin next month

The improvements to the junction and roundabout should provide a significant boost to the local economy Pic: Highways Agency

The improvements to the junction and roundabout should provide a significant boost to the local economy Pic: Highway Agency

THE WESTBOUND exit slip road from the A55 to the A483 will be cut down to two lanes for almost two months from Monday, January 5 while work is carried out to widen the road.

The northbound approach to the A483 roundabout will also be reduced to two lanes along with a lane closure at the roundabout itself. The speed limit will temporarily be reduced to 50mph.

The £5.3 million project makes up part of the government’s £317 million pinch point programme and is designed to support Chester Business Park and help to provide investment, which could in turn lead to the creation of more than 11,500 jobs and the construction of at least 1,700 homes in the area by 2020.

Mark Mosley, Project Manager at the Highways Agency, said: “We’ve been working hard to carry out improvements to the A55 and the A483 since September, the roundabout linking the two roads is designed to help reduce congestion and improve journey times through the junction and the new footbridge will also provide a safe route over the junction for pedestrians and cyclists.

“We’d like to thank drivers for their patience over the past few months and hope they will continue to bear with us as the scheme nears its completion. The end result should help bring a major boost to both the local and regional economy.”

The A483 junction at Rough Hill, just south of the A55 roundabout has already seen the installation of traffic lights, along with a separate scheme of £129,000 to provide CCTV cameras at the roundabout itself.

Work is ongoing to replace the roundabout at the junction connecting the A483 to the B5445 Wrexham Road with traffic lights, a new footbridge is also due to be constructed over the A55.

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