Motorists are being advised that a section of Dogpool Lane in Selly Park will be closed to traffic from Monday 22 October in order to allow construction teams to rebuild the bridge over the River Rea.
The closure will be in place for 30 weeks while the bridge is reconstructed by Amey, working in partnership with Birmingham City Council, as part of the 25-year contract to upgrade the City’s road network. The road will be closed between the junctions of Moor Green Lane/Dad’s Lane and Cecil Road.
Pedestrians and cyclists will still be able to use Dogpool Lane, over the temporary footbridge which has been put in place. A fully signed diversion route along Warwards Lane, Pershore Road, Cartland Road and Pineapple Road will be in place for traffic and buses will also be diverted.
Work has been on-going on Dogpool Lane since July, while preparatory works were carried out, including the construction of the footbridge and diversion of utility services through the temporary bridge.
The current bridge over the River Rea was built in 1907. It was reinforced with two supports in the 1990s to allow more weight to be carried on the bridge but this has had the effect of limiting how much water can flow underneath at high water times.
The new bridge will be better suited to the modern levels of traffic which use Dogpool Lane. Local residents groups were consulted during the planning phase of the project, including over diversion routes and a new toucan crossing.
Businesses on Dogpool Lane will remain open during the road closure, and access to properties will be maintained.
John Sunderland, Amey Business Director, said: “We will endeavour to carry out this reconstruction with the minimum disruption to road users and will do our utmost to ensure it is completed as quickly and efficiently as possible. The work will result in a new bridge, far more suitable for modern demands than the old bridge which dates back over 100 years.
“We thank residents and road users for their patience during this time.”
In 2010, Amey won the Birmingham Highways Maintenance and Management Service contract to manage and maintain the city’s roads over the next 25 years. The contract will see a huge investment into the city’s road network and Amey is working in partnership with Birmingham City Council to deliver the contract. The works include refurbishment and improvement of the city’s roads, footways, bridges, tunnels, street lighting and traffic control systems. Across the city, this includes 2,500km of road network, 100,000 street lights, 76,000 trees, 850 highway structures and bridges.
Buses towards QE Hospital: from Avenue Road buses will run via Pineapple Road, Cartland Road, Pershore Road and Warwards Lane then the normal route.
Buses towards Solihull: from Warwards Lane buses will run via Pershore Road, Cartland Road, Pineapple Road and Avenue Road then the normal route.
Anyone who wants more information on the closure should call 0121 303 6644.