A34 College Farm Bridge Maintenance Scheme
Part of our ongoing programme of work to maintain England's strategic road network
Where was the project located?
College Farm Bridge is located north of Beedon in West Berkshire, and carries the A34 trunk road over the southbound exit slip road. This section of the A34 is used by approximately 60,000 vehicles a day.
Why was the scheme needed?
Work was required to re-waterproof the bridge deck, replace the joints and reconstruct the edge and central reservation verges, to ensure the future integrity of the bridge and to reduce future maintenance requirements.
What work was carried out?
Work involved reconstructing the central reservation and verges to accommodate an increase in carriageway depth, replacing bridge joints, then re-waterproofing and resurfacing the bridge deck across the north and southbound carriageways.
As the re-waterproofing was carried out with specialised material (which needed time to cure) and resurfacing needed to take place cross all lanes, it was necessary to carry out the works in one go using full weekend closures of the A34, when traffic flows are lighter. Alternative traffic management options were considered but this would have considerably increased both the duration of the construction period and the traffic congestion.
This scheme has now been completed and the Highways Agency would like to thank road users for their cooperation during the closures.
How did this benefit road users?
The work will reduce the risk of accelerated corrosion to the bridge, reduce short term repairs and ensure its future integrity.
How do I find out more information ?
If you have any queries about this project you should contact the Highways Agency Information Line by emailing email@example.com or calling 0300 123 5000.