McPhillips’ scheme to improve Meole Brace roundabout in Shrewsbury has been named the winner of the ‘Best Small Project’ award in the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transport (CIHT) West Midlands Awards 2018.
It comes just three weeks after the work was awarded the ‘Judges Merit’ award in the Institute of Highways Engineers (IHE) Mercia Branch Awards 2018.
The CIHT award judges were looking for projects of less than £5 million in value which demonstrated outstanding examples of transportation, or highway projects that were delivered on time and to budget and which made a major contribution to the West Midlands.
The island was re-modelled to increase capacity on the approach legs and reduce congestion. Traffic signals, street lighting and signs were upgraded and ‘soft-engineered’ sustainable drainage systems incorporated together with natural woodland habitats to promote wildlife and ecology.
A new link through road and shared pathway was created through the island to benefit all modes of transport and to enhance the surrounding environment – and cycling and pedestrian facilities were enhanced to promote Shropshire Council’s visions for improving health and well-being in the community.
Steve Davenport, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways and transport, said:
“We’re delighted that this important scheme has been recognised by industry experts for the second time in less than a month. As a result of the improvements to the roundabout traffic movements for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists have been greatly enhanced. Along with improvements to the traffic lights phasing at the junction, this work has delivered a junction that will have the capacity required for the planned growth of the town.”