Twelve months of essential roadworks on the A55 have been announced, leaving motorists facing a year of disruption.
The Welsh Government has today (April 1) revealed it will be carrying out ‘routine maintenance’ along the expressway from Junction 36A at Broughton to Junction 11 at Llys y Gwynt, near Bangor, Gwynedd – a stretch of around 55 miles.
Works will also be carried out along a five-mile of stretch from the A494 Ewloe interchange, close to the England/Wales border.
There is no detail about the length of time each part of the this year’s ‘routine maintenance’ will take, but announcement spells bad news for motorists from the Chester area who head to and from North Wales.
A Welsh Government spokesperson said: “These orders are published annually to cover the routine maintenance work which is carried out during the year, as is done on all major roads.
“The dates when works will take place are published in advance on Traffic Wales and are advertised on roadside signs. Where possible work is carried out during off-peak hours and at night to minimise disruption.”
Mike Parry, of the A55 Traffic, Incidents, Information Facebook group, with 18,000 members, said: “The A55 is now subjected to almost a continuous stream of remedial major and minor road works. In 2015 there were only 72 road works-free days.
“This does not happen on any other road in the UK. This borders on mis-management in terms of any effort to co-ordinate road works into phased projects so as to minimise the number of days when the A55 is free of any road works.”
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