Reading Borough Council will start repairs on the Inner Distribution Road (IDR) flyover crash barriers on Monday 8 July. A Parcelforce lorry broke through the barriers in May and landed on the Oracle roundabout at the bottom of Southampton Street.
No-one was seriously injured in the incident, but one lane of the west-bound carriageway has been closed since it happened.
Works will start on the west-bound carriageway in the week commencing 8 July and are scheduled to take place during the day from 9.30am to 7.30pm. Traffic will be diverted off the IDR up London Street, and then via Crown Street and Southampton Street to join the IDR again at the Oracle roundabout.
Work will subsequently start on the east-bound carriageway. This will take place during the evening and at night from 7pm to 1am. Some guests at the Premier Inn will have a bird’s eye view of the operation. They, and nearby residents, should anticipate a few night’s sleep disturbed by the noise.
Night works are required to reduce the impact on traffic that an east-bound daytime closure would have on the strategic road network. Working hours at night have been restricted to… 1am [at the latest] due to the possible noise impact on residential properties and hotels in the area.
While the east-bound carriageway is closed, traffic will leave the IDR at the Oracle roundabout and rejoin at the foot of London Street.
All work is expected to complete by Friday 19 July.