DIRFT III A5 Weir Works

Key facts

DIRFT III A5 Weir Works

PBA contributed to the successful A5 weir works flood protection project which enhanced flood protection to the nearby A5 and to the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) 1.

In order to adhere with Highways England requirements, minimal traffic disruption throughout the construction stage was a key factor to the project. This meant optimising the space available to allow the A5 to continue dual direction traffic over one half of the culvert. PBA increased the already confined space by applying an unconventional 38° skew angle to the culvert units which provided additional working space and simplified the traffic management arrangements.

PBA provided a wide spectrum of services, which enabled efficient data transfers and working throughout the duration of the project. The structures team worked alongside the hydrology team who modelled the Clifton Brook that passes through the culvert. Work performed by PBA’s geotechnical team allowed for a seamless transfer of soils data which the structures team could utilise to gain a greater understanding of the stratum the culvert was to be founded on and the allowable bearing pressures available.

The culvert has now increased motorist safety along the A5, incorporated sustainability factors by hydro modelling for climate change, and includes environmental infrastructure such as mammal shelves to allow wildlife passage under the carriageway.