Schedule of work
- Summer / Autumn 2018: Data collection including archaeological and environmental studies
- Spring 2019: Complete detailed design
- Spring 2019: Site preparation and utilities re-routing
- Autumn 2019: Construction begins
- Spring 2021: Open for traffic
Current project status
Construction is well underway with the new bridge clearly taking shape and the road due to be open to traffic in Spring 2021. Two-way traffic began using the new bridge late last year. Work is now focusing on the old bridge which is being converted to a shared use path and completion of the new drainage runs.
Take a look at the project overview below for more information and to find out what has happened so far and what is coming up next:
More detailed progress on site can be seen in the regular project newsletters.
Watch the fly-through video
Watch the video, below, showing the route currently being constructed as part of the Arborfield Cross Relief Road and works at Barkham Bridge. This is being delivered by us as part of our £124 million Major Highways Project.
Why we're proposing improvement to Barkham Bridge
The current Barkham Bridge is an existing highway structure along B3349 Barkham Road, operating on a priority give-way system thereby enabling vehicular traffic to cross the Barkham Brook. The improvements as currently proposed include the construction of a new highway bridge in order to accommodate continuous flow 2 way traffic. These improvements are needed in order to support major new developments in Wokingham borough, in particular the Arborfield Garrison major development.
The Barkham Bridge project consists of a new bridge structure across the Barkham Brook and approximately 300 metres of associated carriageway realignment. The new bridge is to be constructed south of the existing Barkham Bridge within council owned land. The existing Barkham Bridge Structure is to be retained and be converted to a shared footway/cycleway, connecting the existing sections of footway to the east and west.