City centre tunnels re-open to motorists

By on 02/09/2013 in Cllr Ali, News

The A38 St Chad's and Queensway tunnels reopened to traffic this morning after six weeks of closures for refurbishment works.

The closures were to allow the installation of new fire protection and LED lighting, as well as some structural modifications to improve safety in the 40-year-old tunnels.

Motorists are reminded that there are still two weeks of overnight closures to enable finishing works, including the painting and some resurfacing.

This will also include some extended working hours on Sunday 8th September and Sunday 15th September where the tunnels will reopen at the slightly later time of 10am to allow for surfacing.

Project Manager, Gerry Harris of Amey, told of how the works had gone and thanked motorists for their patience. He said: “We are really pleased with how the works have gone so far. Not only have we completed the works that were scheduled for the six weeks but we were also able to bring forward some of the future works, for example the resurfacing.

“We would like to thank everyone for their support and patience during the closures.”

Cllr Tahir Ali, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills and Development, also thanked road users for heeding advice during the closures.

“We are very grateful to the people of Birmingham for making use of alternative routes and modes of transport while these essential works were carried out.  It is because of their support that we were able to complete this phase of the refurbishment with minimal disruption.”

The second phase of the works, which will include the installation of new ventilation, security and communications systems, is scheduled to take place during a similar six-week closure during summer 2014.

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