Over 18 million vehicles use the A52 each year.
The A52 Wyvern Transport Improvement Scheme is a key infrastructure project for Derby, which is set to bring significant benefits to a congested part of the city’s principal road network.
The aim is to offer improved access to the city as well as supporting the wider economic growth.
Recent work to demolish the Meadow Lane footbridge – which links Chaddesden to the Wyvern and Pride Park area – was completed successfully and ahead of schedule.
The new bridge (due to be in place by late Spring 2020) will bring huge improvements to walking and cycling facilities in the area.
It will create a fully accessible link between residential and commercial areas for pedestrians and cyclists.
With the bridge removed, work can now commence on the next phase of the wider scheme, which includes constructing new slip roads, and preparing the earthworks and supporting structures required for the new bridge.
Between June and September 2019 there will be an intensified programme of work, to take full advantage of the summer period when peak time traffic levels are typically reduced by almost a third.
As a result, the A52 westbound Wyvern slip roads will need to be closed from today (Monday 3rd June 2019).
The closures are necessary to make a safer environment for both road users and construction staff during the works, as well as providing beneficial impact on the construction to the Derwent Parade roundabout.
A52 Diversion map
The Wyvern to A52 westbound on-slip road will remain closed until the new footbridge has been fitted into place and the access ramps have been built, however the westbound to Wyvern off-slip road will reopen in late summer 2019.
Motorists will benefit from the improved realignment of the slip road making a smoother transition onto Wyvern.
Cllr Matthew Holmes, deputy leader of Derby City Council, said: “I would like to thank local residents, businesses and motorists for their continued patience and cooperation.
“Delivering an infrastructure project of this size and complexity inevitably creates disruption, but we are now able to move forward with significant purpose over the next few months.”