Summary, timetable and how we are consulting.

First published:
28 June 2018
Last updated:

Summary

Project status: considering
Region/county: Flintshire

We, alongside the North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agent have commissioned Mott MacDonald and their partners Richards, Morehead & Laing to look at options for this Bridge.

Why we are doing it

The A494 existing river bridge is in a poor structural condition and we need to look at options to replace it.

River Dee bridge

Current progress

We have considered:

  • improving journey time
  • reducing congestion
  • pedestrians and cyclists
  • impact of construction and
  • environmental impact

We have undertaken various surveys including environmental, geotechnical, traffic and topographical surveys.

We held workshops with key stakeholders and we held a public consultation between November 2018 and February 2019.

We have identified a preferred option which includes a new river crossing for westbound traffic and the partial reuse of the existing River Dee Bridge for eastbound traffic.

Three lanes and a hard shoulder will extend from the River Dee to Queensferry junction which will include a new offline carriageway for westbound traffic.

This will minimise disruption during construction by maintaining current traffic flows.

Timetable

Public information events: summer 2018
Identification of a preferred scheme: autumn 2018
Public consultation: autumn 2018
Publication of environmental statement: winter 2019/20
Public Inquiry (if needed): 2019
Estimated construction start date (subject to Minister approval): 2021

Next steps

We will be publishing draft Orders and an Environmental Statement in late 2019/early 2020.

We will be holding draft Orders exhibitions where the project team will be available to answer any questions you may have.

How we are consulting

We have and will continue to hold events for you to come and look at our proposals.

Public consultations

We held public information events in Queensferry and Deeside in July 2018.

We held a 12 week public consultation between November 2018 and February 2019. The responses have helped us confirm the preferred option for the scheme.