Warrington East - Phases 2 and 3

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Birchwood Way and College Place – Evening road closures starting 12 August, 7pm - 1am

Carriageway surfacing work will be taking place on Birchwood Way at College Place junction and approaches from Monday 12 August. Phased road closures and traffic diversions will be in place to allow the work to be carried out safely.

The work will take place during weekday evenings, with roads closed from 7pm until 1am. Laying of the new surfacing will stop by about 11pm but the roads will remain closed until 1am to allow the material to cool down.

This work will be undertaken in two sections on the north and south sides of the roundabout and approach roads. Both sections of the roundabout will be closed in turn, with traffic diversions in place. There'll be a third phase to surface Birchwood Way west of College Place (see the maps below). Please note - the programme may change if the contractors are affected by adverse weather.

Crab Lane will be closed for resurfacing at the same time as the north side of College Place. This includes the junction with Fearnhead Lane.

Woolston Grange Avenue will be closed from Harpers Road when the resurfacing taking place on the south side of College Place.

Bus service diversions will be advertised on affected bus stops and on the Warrington’s Own Buses website.

Resurfacing of Birchwood Way west of Oakwood Gate will start on 28 August after the College Place surfacing work is complete.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these roadworks and diversions.

Diversion routes for College Place South side closure

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Woolston Grange Avenue will be closed from Harpers Road when the resurfacing is taking place on the south side of College Place.

Diversion routes for College Place North side closure

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Crab Lane will be closed for resurfacing at the same time as the north side of College Place. This includes the junction with Fearnhead Lane.

Blackbrook Avenue to College Place

Birchwood Way will be closed to traffic in both directions between Blackbrook Avenue and College Place from Tuesday 27 August for 3 evenings from 7pm to 1am. This closure is to allow the carriageway surfacing work to be completed on the western approach to College Place. Traffic will be diverted along Blackbrook Avenue, Enfield Park Road, Crab Lane and vice-versa.

Diversion route map for Birchwood Way west closure

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Work in progress during the next few weeks from 10 June

College Place

  • Kerbline alterations at the Woolston Grange Avenue entry to the roundabout
  • Continuing work on the footways and cycleways at Crab Lane and Fearnhead Lane

Oakwood Gate area

  • Installation of CCTV mast in the roundabout centre
  • Embankment construction for widening Birchwood Way in the central reservation

Phase 3 (Moss Gate to M62)

  • Building up the embankment for the new carriageway continues,
  • Installation of the new road drainage system.

Traffic Management in operation

  • A 30mph speed limit is in force within the work areas
  • Off-peak lane closures (0930 - 1600) are in place at College Place and Oakwood Gate junctions, and on Birchwood Way westbound between Oakwood Gate and College Place
  • Narrow lanes on Birchwood Way westbound from Oakwood Gate at all times
  • Off-peak temporary traffic lights at the Crab Lane / Fearnhead Lane junction

Phase 3: Narrow lane in each direction between Moss Gate and M62, 30mph speed limit. Site entries and exits for construction traffic are off Birchwood Way travelling westbound.

If you'd like more information you can contact the project team by email at we2@warrington.gov.uk.

Warrington East phases 2 and 3 project overview

Phase 2 background

The Warrington East phase 2 project is designed to improve overall traffic flow along the A574 Birchwood Way, reducing congestion, improving road safety and general accessibility for cyclists and pedestrians. The project follows the success of the Birchwood Pinchpoint (Phase 1), and is funded from the Cheshire and Warrington Growth Deal and our own Capital Investment Programme.

The project comprises junction improvements on Birchwood Way at College Place, Oakwood Gate and Blackbrook Avenue. The improvement at Blackbrook Avenue was completed in November 2018.

Construction of Phase 2 started in July 2018, and the project is due to be completed in December 2019 (except for landscaping, which will follow in Spring 2020). The principal contractor is Balfour Beatty Civils Limited.

The plans

Phase 3 background

The Warrington East Phase 3 project will make the section of Birchwood Way from the Daten Avenue / Moss Gate junction to the M62 junction 11 into a dual carriageway. A new carriageway for traffic travelling towards Warrington will be constructed to the south of the existing carriageway. The existing carriageway will then carry traffic towards the M62. There will be two lanes on each carriageway.

The aim of this project is to provide additional traffic capacity and reduce congestion in and out of Birchwood to the motorway. It's the last stage in the series of improvements to Birchwood Way that were started in 2015 (the Birchwood Pinch Points project) and more recently the Warrington East Phase 2 project that is now under construction. These projects will support access to new employment proposals in east Warrington, supporting existing jobs especially in the Birchwood Enterprise Zone.

A stakeholder engagement for the scheme was carried out in May 2018 with feedback illustrating extensive support for the scheme.

As part of the scheme the motorway roundabout at Junction 11 will be resurfaced with new road markings to improve capacity and safety. The existing vegetation on the south side of Birchwood Way will be removed to make space for the new carriageway and the vegetation on the north side will be trimmed back. Ecology surveys have been carried out work to protect Great Crested Newts in the area has been successfully completed. There will be a landscaping scheme for the south side of the road to blend into the remaining woodland. This road is an important gateway to Warrington and the landscaping scheme has been designed to enhance its appearance.

Construction of the scheme started in December 2018, with the main construction work starting in January 2019 and lasting about 12 months before it's fully complete. The construction of the project will be run parallel with the Warrington East Phase 2 scheme that's currently being built between Blackbrook Avenue and Oakwood Gate with the same contractor, Balfour Beatty, building the Phase 3 scheme. This approach will provide cost savings benefits and minimise the overall duration of traffic disruption in the area.

Two-way traffic will be maintained on Birchwood Way while the new carriageway is being built, with work taking place behind a safety barrier. There will be some off-peak lane restrictions at the end of the scheme where the new carriageway joins the existing one. We'll also need to undertake some night time road closures for necessary resurfacing works, however we'll coordinated these with the M62 Managed Motorway scheme.
The cost of the scheme is approximately £9.4M and is being funded by:

  • National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) (£4M)
  • Funding transfer from Warrington East Phase 2 (£2.646M)
  • Warrington BC capital borrowing (£2.75M)