Widening of a section of the A500 between Porthill (at the junction with the A5271) and Wolstanton (A527) to provide three lanes in each direction. These junctions are close together and a significant volume of traffic uses the A500 to join at one and leave at the other.
The finished layout appears to have two through lanes in each direction, as at present, with the new third lane separated from the others by solid white lines. This suggests that the new third lanes will provide a dedicated link between the two junctions, segregated from through traffic.
The speed limit will be reduced to 50mph from the present 70, which Highways England say will bring this section into line with other nearby urban sections of the A500.
Signs are now up stating that the work is due to finish in 18 months from now. Tree clearing is also starting to take place.
Tree clearing appears to be complete. 50mph speed limit is in place and narrow lanes have been installed.
Temporary metal barriers are now in place with narrow lanes (lane two is particularly narrow and cannot be used by lorries or large vehicles). Tree and vegetation clearance continues though progress has been very slow.
Earthworks have started on the Northbound side but southbound has only had some vegetation removed. A fair amount of earth has been moved, but the amount of workers on sight at any one time is minimal.
The additional lane is now nearly complete in both directions with new lighting on the Southbound side also installed. Northbound still has some work to link the new lane into the exit slip road to Porthill Roundabout. The works will then switch to the central reserve for the remainder of the project.
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