Structural work to begin on A38 (M) Viaduct

By on 02/08/2011 in News

Plans for major strengthening work to one of the busiest stretches of road in Birmingham could move a step closer this Tuesday (2nd August) when Birmingham City Council's Cabinet is asked to approve exploratory work on the A38(M) Tame Valley Viaduct.

While the 21 span viaduct remains perfectly safe in the medium term for the 100,000 vehicles it carries everyday, it is necessary for engineers to carry out detailed work to assess what longer term strengthening is needed to the 40 year old structure.

The 620m long viaduct forms the northern end of the A38(M) Aston Expressway, linking Birmingham City Centre to Junction 6 of the M6.

The £2.63m assessment programme will not only enable detailed testing and structural assessments conducted on the existing structure, but will also allow specialist design work to determine what measures should be introduced to guarantee the ongoing safety of the viaduct into the long term future.

This assessment programme is expected to run until 2013/14, with resulting remedial work to follow in later years subject to further agreement and discussions with the DfT.

Cllr Timothy Huxtable, Cabinet Member for Transport, Environment and Regeneration, said: “First of all I would like to stress that the viaduct is perfectly safe and secure both now and for some time into the future, and that this work is really about ensuring the road remains viable for generations more to come.

“Since 1972 the A38 (M) has been a vital spoke in the city's transport infrastructure and it would be totally irresponsible for us not to act before it is too late to ensure it can remain so for many more years.”

John Blakemore, Director of Highways and Resilience, said “We fully recognise the regional importance of this vital viaduct and our proactive asset management approach will assist its long term structural safety and availability.”


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