Centenary Way work to start in July

Centenary Way flyover in Burnley.'Photo Ben Parsons
Centenary Way flyover in Burnley.'Photo Ben Parsons

A major project to repair Burnley’s busy Centenary Way viaduct is due to start in July next year.

Residents in the town believed the £3m. project was due to start at Christmas after County Coun. Marcus Johnstone mistakenly announced during a Padiham Town Council meeting in April.

Many motorists in Burnley, already frustrated by major traffic disruption in recent months due to the installation of traffic lights at the Barracks roundabout, took to social media to express their concern over the apparent timing of the Centenary Way work.

But a spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “The work to repair the Centenary Way viaduct was always scheduled to begin in July, 2015, and that is still the case. I believe the erroneous information was given by a county councillor at a meeting last April.”

Drivers can expect traffic disruption when the £3.2m. repair work starts next year.

County hall chiefs say the 50-year-old concrete structure is in poor condition and requires major maintenance work.

Vehicles with abnormal loads are currently banned from the seven-span bridge which carries the A682 through the town.

The Transport for Lancashire commissioning report identified Centenary Way as a critical part of Burnley’s road network.

The scheme will rectify numerous defects that have been identified in the structure and allow it to reopen to all traffic.

Work will include replacing the bearings on which the bridge sits, making repairs to some of the concrete, and resurfacing.