Essential work is to take place on the A483 in Wrexham between junctions 5 and 7 to increase the length of 2 central reserve crossovers together with drainage and barrier upgrades.
The works will begin on June 1 and are programmed to take 6 weeks. These crossover improvements are vital to ensure contra-flow arrangements are in place to facilitate future carriageway resurfacing work.
The existing surfacing in this location requires replacing later this year. This work has to be carried out to maintain the condition of the road and to protect the safety of the travelling public.
In order to carry out the resurfacing work later this year as quickly and as safely as possible, traffic will be placed into a contraflow arrangement using the crossovers in the central reserve. These crossovers have been assessed and identified as needing to be upgraded to ensure they are safe for use when required.
The majority of the current works will be carried out under continuous lane 2 closures in both directions. Additionally, there will be full nighttime closures for 4 consecutive nights at the start of the project to install a temporary protective barrier system and at its completion to remove the barrier.
The first set of overnight closures will take place between Mold road interchange (J5) – Gresford interchange (J6) in both directions from June 1st to 3rd; the diversion route will be via the A541/A5152.
The second overnight closure will be between Gresford interchange (J6) to Rossett interchange (J7) from June 3rd to 5th – the diversion route will be via B5102 and B5445.
The final overnight closures will be between July 7th to 11th and will affect traffic between J5 and J7 on different nights.
To minimise disruption, 1 lane is available during the daytime to allow traffic to pass in both directions and the most disruptive works have been scheduled overnight.
The planning for this work has been agreed with Wrexham, Cheshire west and Chester councils and Highways England.
Deputy Minister for Climate Change with responsibility for transport, Lee Waters, said:
Investing in and maintaining our infrastructure in north Wales is vitally important.
The work is essential to maintain this section of the A483 which is a crucial part of the infrastructure around Wrexham, as well as being a crucial link with south Wales and England.
The safety of the travelling public is our priority, and this work will allow the later more substantial work to take place with less potential disruption.