Worcester's Southern Link Road to be widened in £33m project
A £33m scheme to improve "one of Worcestershire's busiest routes" has been approved by councillors.
The work on the Southern Link Road in Worcester will be the largest project of its type for 20 years, Worcestershire County Council said.
It includes turning much of the road into a dual carriageway and building a new rail bridge.
Work could start next spring and take three years, the council said.
Southern Link Road work
- The A4440 between Whittington junction and the Ketch roundabout, currently under construction, becomes a dual carriageway
- New railway bridge across the road
- New bridleway bridge suitable for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders
- Improvements and upgrades to Norton roundabout
- Dedicated left-hand turn from Whittington Road (from M5 Junction Seven) to the westbound A4440 Crookbarrow Way
The council estimates about 30,000 vehicles use the route each weekday.
Their traffic modelling predicts that in 12 years, journey times will increase by 30% if nothing is done to widen the road.
The government has agreed to put £12m into the scheme from its Local Growth Fund.
Developers who will be building about 28,000 new houses in south Worcestershire will contribute about £16.3m to the cost.
Another £700,000 will come from the county council.
A statement from the council said it may also have to find an additional £3m, but it is still hoping to get this money from "other funding routes".