New phase of roadworks for gateway route

Work has started on the second phase of a scheme to improve a key gateway route in north Liverpool.

It involves the resurfacing of the A59 Rice Lane between Mosedale Road up to and including the Hornby Road junction, along with improvement to traffic signals and footways.

The work is part of a £2.7million scheme on the Walton Corridor, the first phase of which – resurfacing Walton Vale/Warbreck Moor between Hornby Road and Park Lane – was completed in at the end of November 2014. Work was suspended in the run-up Christmas to maintain a free flowing highway network and avoid disruption.

Work on the new phase, which is being carried out by King Construction, is expected to take a maximum of eight weeks to complete. Part of the works will take place at night to minimise disruption and there will be some temporary night time road closures. Lane restrictions and temporary traffic signals will be in operation for daytime working

Merseytravel and bus operators have been consulted to minimise disruption to public transport during the work.

The A59 is the first road to benefit from an £80m investment in the city’s highways network. The programme will include improvements to major routes with Islington and surrounding roads; Smithdown Road (from Gainsborough Road to Queens Drive) and Ullet Road (from Smithdown Road to Croxteth Gate) being scheduled for improvement in the next few months.

Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, cabinet member for regeneration and transport, said; “Our highways network has needed significant investment for many years and we are committed to improving the condition of the roads. We want this work to be of a durable standard as the roads identified for the programme carry huge volumes of traffic

“The Walton corridor has long needed investment and this work will significantly help in the regeneration of this part of Liverpool.”

• The Highways Investment Programme, which will take place over eight years,  will help reduce the £256m highways maintenance backlog. The City Council is using capital resources such as borrowing and receipts from sale of assets to fund the work. Capital resources cannot be spent on revenue costs of day-to day council services such as salaries. Money spent on assets such as roads help to reduce the ongoing annual revenue maintenance costs of highways in future years. The city council will also seek to identify sources of additional private and other public sector funding, including utility companies, throughout the programme, to help finance the work.