An important road improvement project is now complete in Cheshire in the UK. The work was for the A51 Improvement Scheme in Cheshire East. Cheshire East Highways, an integrated highways services team working on behalf of Ringway Jacobs, undertook the major improvement scheme on the A51 through Nantwich. The A51 is a strategic route in Cheshire East and carries heavy traffic volumes, including a high percentage of large trucks from ports at Holyhead and Liverpool.
The purpose of the project was to stabilise the road through reconstruction, as well as replace the drainage system and safety barriers whilst improving the overall condition of the road.
The excavation required 4,000tonnes of material to be removed but with a target of zero waste removed to landfill. Over 1km of drainage network replaced along with new kerbs and 48 new gullies installed, while the existing safety barrier has been replaced and there has been full resurfacing of both sides of the road.
A 16-week closure was put in place with works completed on schedule in mid-December 2021.
Highways Resource Solutions including enhanced gate systems for closure points that can be managed remotely. During the scheme, traffic management progressed with the implementation of white gates, proven to change driver behaviour by improving visibility of the road closure.