Coventry ring road to get £5 million refurbishment

New guardrails and resurfaced roads are just some of the expected improvements.

Coventry’s ring road is set to see more improvement works after Coventry City Council was awarded £5 million from the Department of Transport.

The work, which will be on the stretch between, and including, Junctions 3 and 4, is scheduled to begin towards the end of the year, around November 2020.

Phase one of the refurbishment, between Junctions 2 and 3, was completed in 2018.

Phase two improvements will continue upgrading the structure, including strengthening the bridge deck edges, providing new parapet guardrails, renewal of the bridge deck waterproofing and finally resurfacing the roads.

It is thought that the works will significantly reduce the maintenance costs the Council has to spend to maintain the decades-old infrastructure into the future.

The second phase of the project aims to be completed by May 2021, meaning it will be ready in time for the expected influx of visitors to the city in its City of Culture year.

Cllr Patricia Hetherton from Coventry City Council commented: “The Ring Road is a fantastic piece of engineering that has served the city well since it was completed in the early 1970s.

“Over the years it has coped well with much-increased traffic levels and I’m really pleased we now have this funding to help us complete further improvements.

“It will mean that more of the road will be in tip-top condition and it will also provide us with long term savings in reduced maintenance costs.”