It's now nearly 20 years since the bypass round Wallingford was built. It took the over stressed road which went through the town and over Wallingford Bridge. The bypass started at just outside Wallingford heading towards Hithercroft, Winterbrook and crossing the river to go through Mongewell before joining with the Reading road.
It cut through three roads and has five roundabouts to negotiate. When I first noticed that work was about to start I decided to take photo's of the work and follow the progress. I took photo's every week from various vantage points though failed to take any of the start and end of the bypass.
This was the first I knew the bypass was going to be built, Posts going up along with a fence.
It was not long before that you could see the ground had been scraped up
Over the weekends the machines lay idle till the Monday morning when they started work again.
The Reading road and Wallinford road would change and a new bit of history started.
It was not long before the roundabouts were in place and the Wallingford road was 400 yards shorter. The mini was what I used to drive around in
The completed roundabout on the Wallingford road with the new road of the bypass to the right.
Just off Winterbrook towards the river work was going on building the road and bridge that would take the Bypass over the Thames, the first new bridge in a long time. Soe of the first things you noticed going up were some concrete structures which would be part of the bridge ramp and support.
The first cut of the new road to be.
Piles being sunk deep into the ground for the bridge supports along with a service road.
These were the foundations for the flood relief sections of the ramp .
Rebar reinforcing and concrete.
getting to the right hight now.
Today the bypass is used by thousands of cars,vans and lorries the drivers who probably never give it a thought as to what the place used to look like.
The bypass looking towards Winterbrook Bridge, no trace of the service road exists now
The Winterbrook Roundabouts, this one is at the bottom of the Wallingford road where it cut through it. It was one of my reference points