Traffic diverted as work begins on major revamp of Akers Way

By Ben Fitzgerald - 10 April 2017

Community

Akers Way has been closed between St Mary’s Church roundabout and Cheney Manor industrial estate for reconstruction work.

This initial phase of the £900,000 scheme is set to last six weeks and the remainder of Akers Way from Purton Road to the roundabout with Cheney Manor industrial estate will remain open during this phase.

The work aims to address problems with the deteriorating concrete base of the road by modifying the concrete road base slabs and adding a thicker road surfacing material layer on top.

It is hoped that the design will increase the flexibility of the road and provide a longer-lasting protective surface over the road structure below. The contractor will also be carrying out improvements to the parking along the road.

Traffic is now being diverted via Cheney Manor Industrial Estate Road, Darby Close and Cheney Manor Road. There will be no access to Akers Way from the residential section of Cheney Manor Road including Harvey Grove, Brooklands Avenue and Manor Gardens.

The second phase, set to last three weeks, will focus on a 200m stretch on the western section of Akers Way from the Purton Road Roundabout towards Nova Hreod Academy.

Regular updates on the road improvement scheme will be publicised through the Council’s fortnightly Highways News e-newsletter www.swindon.gov.uk/newsletter

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