Engineering works will begin on Monday on a large stretch of Liverpool’s Waterloo Road and Regent Road, meaning a full closure to traffic for four weeks.
The closure will come into effect from 9.30am Monday between Paisley Street, close to the Waterloo Dock; and Blackstone Street, close to Bramley-Moore Dock, to allow for drainage repairs, carriageway resurfacing and critical utility works.
Traffic flowing to and from Liverpool city centre will be diverted to use the A565 Great Howard Street. Once this phase is over this key section of the dock road will be completed, with the overall northern access scheme entering the final six months of an 18-month programme that began in March 2018.
The next phase will see works to the route north of Bramley-Moore Dock begin later in the spring. The works, which includes a new cycleway connecting Liverpool city centre to Sefton, are part of a new dual carriageway scheme on the A565 which has been funded by the Local Growth Fund, invested through the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Strategic Investment Fund.
This overall package of road improvements in the north Liverpool area is worth more than £100m and is a key element of the £500m Better Roads programme, aiming to improve connections between the city core and key project areas Liverpool Waters, Ten Streets and the proposed Everton stadium.
Earlier phases included a new bridge, which was designed to support freight traffic for the Liverpool Superport, and a new wall to improve access to the historic Stanley Flight canal lock system within the city’s World Heritage site.
Cllr James Noakes, cabinet member for highways, said: “The North Liverpool corridor is a hugely complex highways scheme involving an immense amount of engineering works on two major roads at the same time.
“To ensure traffic flows this scheme can only be carried out by a phased approach which means some weeks there are full road closures and some weeks just lane closures.
“We really appreciate the patience of motorists as these essential works are carried out. Fortunately there are other alternative routes and with this key stretch of the Dock Road complete after this phase we can all begin to see the finishing line and a vastly improved journey in and out of North Liverpool.
“Of course, schemes of this nature cause disruption but the long term gains of this investment in north Liverpool’s infrastructure are going to help redefine our city’s economic future.”