Eastern Relief Road Update - June

02 Jun 2015
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Work to build the Shinfield Eastern Relief Road is well underway, with the removal of topsoil and the main alignment now taking shape. Vegetation has been cleared, M4 embankments excavated and piling work for the new 6 lane bridge is completed.  Using recycled site material we have created a flood protection bund and attenuation pond near Arborfield Road, which is designed to protect properties in the area from increased flooding risk caused by climate change.  In the same area we are re-locating necessary utilities away from site and constructing the new roundabout.

As part of the planning permission for the project, the Environment Agency stipulated the installation of 3 large flood relief culverts to help reduce the impact of upstream flooding and channel excess water under Arborfield Road (A327).  Following extensive discussions with Wokingham Borough Council we have been permitted to close Arborfield Road to through-traffic, to enable us to install the culverts in the safest, most efficient and overall least disruptive way possible.  This work is due to start on 03 August 2015 and will continue for approximately 3 weeks, subject to weather conditions.  During the closure diversion route signage will be in place to re-direct through-traffic and access to and from ALL properties fronting the A327 within the closure will be maintained.  Access for pedestrians and cyclists will be available through the closure at all times.  We are working with Wokingham Borough Council to enable further road improvement works to be completed in the area at the same time.

Anyone with questions about the project can contact our Public Liaison Officer on 07976 180915 or email kelly.shear@hochtief.co.uk.