The Wokingham Paper

More roadworks planned for A329M

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MOTORISTS using the A329M face a summer of misery as another set of roadworks are being planned.

Work is planned to repair and maintain the Loddon Viaduct, including replacing the bridge’s joints, installing new safety barriers and improving drainage.

A new low-noise surface will be installed, which Wokingham Borough Council say will reduce noise heard by nearby residents.

This is the second part of the major project – back in 2014, work was carried out on the eastbound side, affecting traffic heading towards Bracknell.

This time, the work will see the westbound carriageway affected, meaning delays for motorists heading towards Reading.

The Council said that the work is planned to take place during the school holidays. It will start on July 22 and continue through to September 2, just in time for the start of the next academic year.

For most motorists there will be when few problems: the westbound section of the viaduct will be worked on a contraflow on the eastbound will keep traffic moving both ways at all times.

And traffic coming on to the A329M from Winnersh Triangle or Woodley will still be able to do so. The council said that the slip road from Bader Way on to the viaduct (towards Bracknell) will be open but down to one lane.

Traffic hoping to get on to the A329M from Winnersh and heading to Reading will follow a diversion as this section is closed.

Councillor John Kaiser, executive member for planning and highways at Wokingham Borough Council, said that the works are still being finalised.

He told The Wokingham Paper: “We’re putting the finishing touches to our plans this summer for this essential and important project to upgrade and improve Loddon Viaduct.

“This time we’re on the west-bound side towards Reading and using similar traffic measures when we worked on the east-bound side two years ago, to keep vehicles moving; plus working on it during the school holidays when roads are quieter.”

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