Etruria Valley Reaches Practical Completion
The £43 million Etruria Valley link road scheme celebrated its practical completion with a grand ceremony event on the 11th January 2023. The scheme aimed to create a new 1km long link road, which connects Wolstanton junction on the A500 to St Modwen Park Stoke Central – one of the six key employment sites of the Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone.
To celebrate the practical completion of Stoke Council’s scheme, the grand ceremony was attended by over 150 people from various organisations and regional development bodies.
This crucial infrastructure will improve connectivity for existing businesses in the area and trigger inward investment and economic growth by opening up opportunities on currently unused land.
Alongside the contractor Balfour Beatty, Pell Frischmann provided multi-disciplinary services and site supervision for the duration of the project. As part of our work, we have completed feasibility studies through to the detailed design of a 200m viaduct built over the West Coast Mainline railway, a new canal bridge, and new link roads forming the main entrance to Stoke City Centre. The Project Team initiated Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) in the initial stages of the design process, resulting in an efficient and economical structure.
Sustainable and value-engineered aspects of the design include the use of weathering steel to minimise future maintenance requirements, and the realignment of the vertical profile of the highway to reduce pier heights and minimise the need for imported fill on the approaches to the structure.
Final close out and handover are due to be completed in the coming few months.