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A404(M) bridge replacement: public invited to inspect plans

HIGHWAYS AGENCY News Release issued by COI News Distribution Service on 29 July 2009

The public is being invited to see plans for a forthcoming bridge replacement scheme on the A404(M) in Maidenhead, Berkshire.

The Highways Agency is hosting an exhibition this Saturday (01 August) at the Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead about the replacement of the Western Region railway bridge, which carries the A404(M) over the railway. Local people, road users and business representatives are invited to come along to find out about the work and have the chance to have their questions answered by Highways Agency representatives.

The scheme will completely replace the existing bridge, and will improve the noise barriers in the area, which will be replaced with new, taller fences, and will also be installed across the bridge for the first time.

Preliminary work for the scheme will be carried out over two weekends in August, with the main work following in September until spring 2011.

Highways Agency project manager Steve Cobb said:

“The replacement of this bridge is part of our rolling programme of investment in the road network and is essential if we are to avoid lengthy, disruptive maintenance closures in the future.

“We have planned the work carefully to limit delays, and are using innovative working techniques that will enable us to keep the bridge open to traffic at peak times. I would like to encourage anyone with an interest in the scheme to come along on Saturday and put their questions to us.”

The public exhibition is being held on Saturday 01 August at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF, from 11am – 5pm.

Notes to Editors

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Issued by the Highways Agency South East Press Office.

Contacts:

Highways Out of Hours
Phone: 020 7081 7443
nds.highwaysagency@coi.gsi.gov.uk

Peter O'Connor
Phone: 01306 878110
Mobile: 07876 577687
sepressoffice@highways.gsi.gov.uk

James. Wright
Phone: 01883 745364
Mobile: 07813 778 689
james.wright@highways.gsi.gov.uk

Roger Jones.
Phone: 01306 878348
Mobile: 07733 003 606
roger.jones@highways.gsi.gov.uk