The demolition of the Churchill Way flyovers in Liverpool could be completed by the end of the year, at a cost of £6.75m, with a masterplan to be created to guide the future of the available land.
Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet next Friday is seeking permission to remove the 50-year-old structures in a phased demolition, after a safety inspection last year found “multiple, significant defects”.
The two-lane, concrete highways, opened as part of a city centre inner ring road scheme that was later cancelled, were closed at the end of September 2018 after construction flaws were discovered.
According to the council, it would cost £7.2m just to maintain the structure, with no traffic allowed, for the remaining 20 years of its lifespan.
The proposed demolition, which includes the removal of the flyovers and associated footbridges, would see the installation of a temporary footbridge over Hunter Street and minor highway improvements to address current traffic issues in the area. Several trees in the area will need to be removed but the council said it would seek to replant.
At the same time Liverpool City Council’s highways team will develop a detailed proposal to improve connectivity in the area, and alongside this a masterplan would be created to manage the land released by the demolition.
Minor alterations will also be made to the highway layout around the Hunter Street, Byrom Street, Queensway Tunnel entrance, to improve traffic and pedestrian movements.
The demolition is not expected to impact nearby roadworks or developments.
Funding for the proposed demolition will come from the Liverpool City Centre Connectivity Phase 1 Grant Fund Agreement and subject to cabinet approval, the city council will seek to apply for a grant increase of £1.75m from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to deliver the scheme.