WORK continues on a vital Worcestershire road, with major progress being made.

The work on the Southern Link Road has continued following the easing of lockdown restrictions, with work being done to install concrete beams at Powick Viaduct.

This is one of the first major milestones and was completed back at the start of June involving the installation of 24 concrete beams which will allow the bridge deck to be constructed.

The beams are the main supporting elements of the deck of the new Powick Common flood relief viaduct that will carry westbound traffic once the dualling is complete.

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The heaviest of 24 concrete beams weighed a massive 33 tonnes and was 20 metres long.

They were moved into place using a crane, directly from the haulage lorry into position, four beams per day working more than six days to complete the operation.

Last month, work began to complete the new Broomhall Way footbridge.

The footbridge, which will also be suitable for cyclists, will link the new commercial and housing development to the south of the A4440 with Power Park in St Peter’s on the northern side.

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Councillor Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for economy and infrastructure, said: “It’s great to see another scheme to improve walking and cycling connections in the county starting.

“This new bridge, which is funded by developers, will provide a vital link between the new development to the south and the facilities and services in St Peter’s such as the shops, parks and the church to the north.

"It will also improve access for people from the St Peter’s side of the road to attractions on the Norton side, enabling us to remove the temporary crossing by the Norton roundabout once the bridge is complete."