Traffic signal junction upgrade

The challenge

Following a fatal accident on the junction of Menlove Avenue and Cromptons Lane, Huyton Asphalt Civils was appointed by Liverpool City Council to carry out major junction improvement works as part of the Highways Safety Improvement Programme.
The junction sees heavy traffic as a key route in and out of the city and a residential area that hosts two schools – Carleton House Preparatory School on the site of the project and Calderstones School half a mile away.
As a particularly green area with the carriageway lined with trees, the project required preservation of the environment, sustainability and aesthetic of the area whilst improving safety and visibility.

“The junction looks well and feedback has been positive. Thanks to everyone who took part in completing this project with no fuss, despite having some appalling weather to contend with”

Stephen Millington, Project Manager – Highways

The solution

The scale of the improvement works required the following key elements:

• Installation of new traffic signals with pedestrian facilities
• Constructing new right-turn lanes
• Ducting
• Highway drainage
• Road markings
• Installation of new street lighting
• Resurfacing the carriageway

Due to the nature of the junction as a key gateway in and out of the city and
a residential area with primary and secondary schools nearby, works were planned and carried out to minimise disruption to pedestrians and motorists. Following extensive consultation with local residents, Carleton House and Calderstones School, the needs of the community were incorporated into
the plans and works were actioned whilst the junction remained open and pedestrian access maintained throughout the project.
In order to offset the unavoidable removal of 10 trees, more than 50 trees were re-planted in the area. A robust tree protection zone was also erected in order to ensure the welfare of the existing trees within the project area.
In further commitment to the environment and as leaders in innovation, our low carbon recycled material HALO was laid during the resurfacing of the site.
HALO is rubber-modified asphalt that incorporates recycled tyres combined with warm mix asphalt technology to provide an environmentally-sustainable asphalt with a reduced carbon footprint. In collaboration with Siemens, the latest traffic signal technology was installed for maximum longevity and safety.

The outcome

• 4 new pedestrian crossings
• 18 new traffic signal columns
• 70m2 of hazard warning paving
• 250m2 of new flags
• 300m of new kerbs
• 600m2 of new footway surfacing
• 4000m2 of resurfaced carriageway in the latest innovative low carbon HALO products

We adapted our processes in order to continue works during the Covid-19 pandemic and the project was completed in June 2020.