The much needed repairs to the Grade 2 listed road bridge on the A513 Croxall Road over the River Tame are set to begin.
While this is just outside of my constituency, I know that many residents make use of this bridge, particularly when driving to the National Memorial Arboretum.
Late year a safety inspection found that some of the cast iron railings on the bridge had deteroriated, meaning they could not withstand any impact from traffic. This is why road restrictions and concrete blocks have been in place for quite some time.
Howeover the Department for Transport has announced that Staffordshire County Council was successful in bidding for the local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund. The County Council has been awarded £2.35 million from the fund to upgrade the bridge in a two-year restoration project.
Due to the bridge being so old, the County Council will be working with Lichfield District Council, the National Memorial Aboretum, the Environment Agency, Historic England and of course local resident living nearby.
The aim is to also expand upon footpaths and cycleways in the area, offering better links to the Arboretum. I look forward to seeing the works proceed but please do be aware additional road works will now be in place over the summer as the maintenance begins to take place.