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Dogpool Lane Frequently Asked Questions

What is happening?

We will be closing Dogpool Lane to allow the reconstruction of the bridge over the River Rea.

The road will be closed between the junctions of Moor Green Lane/Dad’s Lane and Cecil Road.

The utility services crossing the existing bridge are being diverted over a temporary footbridge.

These temporary service diversions will be complete prior to closing the road. Once the bridge has been reconstructed, the utility services will be re-diverted across the new bridge.

Why is the road closing?

As part of the Birmingham Highways Maintenance and Management Service programme, the bridge over the River Rea on Dogpool Lane is to be replaced.

This will necessitate the full closure of part of Dogpool Lane for a duration of approximately seven months.

The current bridge was built in 1907. It was reinforced with two supports in the 1990s to allow more weight to be carried on the bridge but this has had the effect of limiting how much water can flow underneath at high water times.

Where will it be closed?

The road will be closed between the junctions of Moor Green Lane/Dad’s Lane and Cecil Road.

When will it be closed?

The section of road will be completely closed from Monday 22ndOctober 2012.

This is 5 weeks ahead of the original planned date mainly due to good progress of the utility diversions.

The work will last for up to 30 weeks. We will generally be working Monday to Friday between 0730hrs to 1800hrs but some weekend working may be necessary.

Why will it take so long?

The bridge is being completely rebuilt. We are already ahead of schedule, and will aim to complete the work as efficiently as possible.

In addition, we have carried out all of the preparatory works without closing the road completely, to cut down on the length of time that the closure will be in place.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and would like to assure you that we will do the work with as little disruption as possible as we improve your local environment. Thank you for your patience whilst we work to improve the city’s streets.

Is there a diversion?

A traffic diversion will be signposted along Warwards Lane, Pershore Road, Cartland Road and Pineapple Road.

The project team have already carried out extensive communications with local residents. They have attended meetings of both Selly Park and Stirchley residents’ groups and liaised with councillors over the best diversion routes to signpost.

What about buses?

Bus diversions will also be needed as the number 76 service uses Dogpool Lane and some modifications have been made to some junctions on the route to allow buses to follow a diversion which maintains as close a service as possible for nearby residents.

For details of bus service diversions please see http://nxbus.co.uk/west-midlands/information/temporary-diversions/, visit your local Travel Shop or call 0121 254 7272.

Where can I find out more?

If you require further information please telephone 0121 303 6644 or follow site manager Mark Butler’s blog at www.sellyparksouth.org.uk