Essential safety work on the A55 Kneeshaw Lupton underbridge is progressing well and on programme.
We continue to aim to finish ahead of the scheduled end date of 11 October, subject to weather conditions.
It is vital this work is carried out at this time for the safety of motorists.
Failure to do so could lead to further deterioration in the underbridge leading to unplanned emergency closures and severe disruption.
The risk of not acting immediately is too high in terms of safety for the road going public.
We have been in contact with the Wales Rally GB for some time and event organisers are fully aware of our plans, as they were last year when the works were being carried out on the opposite side of the road.
However, we fully recognise that these essential roadworks could cause disruption during this year’s event. We would ask people travelling to the rally to check Traffic Wales for regular, up-to-date information on the situation and to follow the signage on the A55. There will also be an option at Halton to follow the A5. We would also appreciate patience and understanding during this current period of safety-related roadworks.
We have also placed on embargo on any other trunk road works for the period of the Rally in the areas affected by it.
Transport Minister Ken Skates said:
This essential work is of the upmost importance for the safety of motorists.
Not carrying out this work now would have left us facing risks to human lives that are unacceptable.
I fully sympathise with motorists frustrated by the delays caused by this vital work, but I am sure most people would agree that their lives should not be put at risk by deferring essential work on the under-bridge.
The scheme is progressing as fast as it safely can and travellers can continue to check updates on Traffic Wales while it is ongoing.