Temporary road closure to assist new £22m dual carriageway

A temporary road closure near a city centre junction by Costco will come into effect tomorrow morning (Wednesday, 13 September).

From 6am traffic heading south towards the city centre along Waterloo Road will be unable to access Great Howard Street (A565) and Leeds Street via Paisley Street.

The temporary closure of the junction is part of the £22m scheme to widen Great Howard Street into a full dual carriageway.

The northbound left turn from Great Howard Street into Paisley Street (to access Regent Road) and southbound right turn from Great Howard Street into Paisley Street will be unaffected.

Similarly, traffic can still turn right and left from Paisley Street into Costco entrance. Traffic exiting Costco cannot turn left out onto Paisley Street but will instead need to turn right and then on to Regent Road.

Traffic will be advised on Waterloo Road well in advance of Paisley Street and instructed to use Dublin Street as the alternative route on to Great Howard Street.

This temporary closure will will remain in place until the works at the Great Howard Street junction are completed, which is expected to be towards the end of October.

Great Howard Street partially re-opened on Monday after the completion of a new £10m bridge with a one lane system in both directions in place.

Both the new bridge and new dual carriageway are part of a wider £100m investment programme in the transport infrastructure along the city’s Atlantic Corridor to improve access for the Liverpool 2 Port and forthcoming regeneration of the 10 Streets creativity district in North Liverpool.

The new dual carriageway, part funded by the Liverpool City Region Growth Deal, will also pave the way for a major revamp of the historic Regent Road – aka “the Dock Road” – to make that more pedestrian and bike friendly, creating a continuous cycle route from Crosby to Liverpool.

Other phases of the £48m programme to upgrade the A565 will require lane restrictions and will see:
• Phase 1: Leeds Street to Blackstone Street – Road widening phase (completed by spring 2018)
• Phase 2: Bankhall Street to Millers Bridge – Road widening phase (starting October 2017)
• Phase 3: Regent Road from Paisley Street to Nelson Street – New pavement/Resurfacing and cycleway provision phase (starting late October 2017)
• Phase 4: Boundary Street to Everton View – Upgrade of Traffic Signalised junctions and Street lighting with associated resurfacing (starting spring 2018)

Expected to finish by Summer 2019, the works are part of Liverpool City Council’s wider £250m Better Roads programme to improve the city’s road infrastructure and will be complemented by the creation of two new £20m waterfront link roads at the city centre end of the A565, which is being built to support a proposed new Cruise passenger facility.

Funding for the project is coming from:

• Department for Transport: £21.8 million – of which £13.3 million is from the Liverpool City Region Growth Deal secured by the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
• Liverpool City Council: £8.5 million
• Sefton Council: £2 million

Over the next few years it is estimated that around £250 million will be spent upgrading the city’s roads carrying out improvements and tackling the historic backlog of highways repairs.

For more information about highways investment in the city visit www.liverpool.gov.uk/betterroads or follow on Twitter @betterroadsliv

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