Roadworks take time, says man masterminding Twin Bridges

Published: 19 Jan 2014 12:300 comments

THE man masterminding the multi-million pound upgrade of the Twin Bridges roundabout has hit back at criticism the work is taking too long.

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The final stage of the project – which involves widening lanes to ease traffic flow around the roundabout – is due to start on the Easthampstead Road/Skimped Hill Lane section later this month.

The work on the entry and exit points is due to begin on January 27 to be completed in July.

After this, the entire roundabout is due to be resurfaced in August and new traffic lights will also be installed.

Improvements to the other three junctions of the roundabout – A329 Berkshire Way, A322 Downshire Way and A3095 Mill Lane – caused disruption for eight months before Christmas because lane closures are required to carry out the work. The length of the project – which started in April last year – has led some News readers, posting on our Facebook page over the past few months, to question why the work is taking so long.

But Neil Mathews, Bracknell Forest Council’s transport development manager, said: “Road building is a lot more technical than it appears.

“It may look a very straightforward thing to do but as we go along we’re having to work around gas and water works and lay all the cable down for the new street lighting, which will be put in at the end of the project.” The next phase of work is due to start on January 27, with lane closures taking place between 9am and 4.30pm, to reduce disruption.

Cllr Chris Turrell, executive member for planning and transport at Bracknell Forest Council, said: “The improvements to the Twin Bridges roundabout are necessary to help upgrade the borough’s road network; this is especially relevant to the regeneration of Bracknell town centre and is part of a number of improvements we are making to help reduce congestion.

“I appreciate that the works carried out so far have caused some delays for road users, however, work to the north side of the junction should be less disruptive. I would like to thank road users for their continued patience.”

Unrelated work started on Monday. National Grid is moving a gas pipe in Easthampstead Road, near its junction with Twin Bridges, meaning traffic is diverted along the northern part of Downshire Way and through the Western Industrial Area.

This work is due to be

completed by the time the council’s Twin Bridges pro-

ject restarts on January 27.

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