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Good news for motorists as Akers Way reopens to traffic.
One of Swindon’s most important arterial routes has reopened to traffic following major improvement works. Akers Way has undergone extensive reconstruction work, which has resulted in major modifications to the concrete road base that will add decades to the lifespan of the road.The scheme has also made significant improvements to the existing on-road and off-road parking arrangements as well as a new and improved section of cycleway.
The mile-long stretch of carriageway has been upgraded in five sections and contractors have just completed the final stretch of road between Cheney Manor industrial estate and Nova Hreod Academy.
Akers Way now has a hard wearing and longer lasting tarmac surface, as well as a much improved and structurally sound concrete base to support the road.
The work took longer than expected after a large number of additional defects were uncovered in the concrete road base during the first and final phases, which couldn’t have been foreseen by the Council’s contractor.
In total, the Council’s contractor has made 200 individual repairs to the concrete road base, ranging in size from 1m2 to 580m2. 390m3 of concrete was poured into the road structure as part of the bespoke structural patching design and 3.7 kilometres of new kerbing has been laid. Over 5,000 tonnes of specialist Polymer Modified tarmac, which is designed to resist cracking, was used in the top two layers of the road.
The project has taken circa 10,500 hours to complete, and was undertaken by a local contractor employing local people.
More about the project
Akers Way is a strategic part of Swindon’s road network. Over the years minor maintenance works have been carried out to maintain this route as most practicable however, we can no longer sustain this type of maintenance regime for Akers Way.
The tiring road will undergo reconstruction beyond the surface layers to give the pavement a new lease of life.
The work is being undertaken by Rockstone Surfacing Ltd. Phase one of the works commenced on Monday,10 April and was scheduled to take up to 6 weeks. Highway engineers have since discovered additional, deeper areas of repair where the lower concrete slabs have deteriorated beyond expectations, despite thorough ground investigations and detailed design prior to works commencing.
The entire Akers Way project is due to be completed by the end of September.
The Nova Hreod school junction section is still due for completion over the summer holidays.
While undertaking the improvement work, the project focuses on improving the following issues:
- Condition of carriageway surface and structure
- Road safety
- Local environment and quality of life
How much will it cost?
The estimated cost of the highway improvements to Akers Way is £900K.
A series of documents outlining the different phases of the project, including maps and a list of helpful question and answers, can be found below: