Road works for essential maintenance across the borough
The annual dual carriageway maintenance works are set to begin next week from Monday, June 14 and will include a series of road works and full road closures.
•Road works from June 14 for three weeks (Ends Monday, 5 July) at various locations
•Work along A442 to remove diseased and dying ash trees from June 21 – full road closures
The work is being carried out now, due to long daylight hours allowing for maximum working time along the roads.
In addition to essential maintenance works including grass and hedge cutting along with street light and minor carriageway repairs, essential tree safety work is also being completed along a number of dual carriage ways.
Trees affected by ash dieback will be felled as they decline to prevent them posing a significant risk to public safety. Full road closures are required to ensure the safety of crews working alongside the A442 while this is taking place.
Ash dieback is a fungus, spread through spores that has been sweeping across the UK since it was first spotted in 2012 when an imported nursery tree from Asia brought the disease to these shores.
It is a killer and European ash have no natural defences to it.
Telford & Wrekin Council's Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood, Commercial Services and Regeneration and Deputy Leader, Councillor Lee Carter said: “I’d like to reassure residents that we would not be implementing road works and full road closures unless it was absolutely necessary.
“Work is continually carried out along the borough’s network during night time closures but unfortunately we cannot allow tree surgeons to work in the dark.
“The ash die back has reached a stage in the borough where it needs to be dealt with before it poses a serious risk.
“I’d like to thank everyone for their patience while we work to remove the trees from the affected areas to ensure the safety of motorists.”
Further work along the A442 will begin on Monday, July 5 as part of a £10million project to maintain the infrastructure of the A442. This stretch of road, bridges and barriers was built in the 1960s and is in need of modernisation. Further details of this scheme will soon be made available.
Full details of road works and closures are available here and on Telford & Wrekin Council’s Twitter page @TelfordWrekin.