The Birmingham Queensway roads are part of a network of dual carriageways that were built in between the 1960s and 1970s and formed part of the Birmingham Inner Ring Road (A4400).
As part of the Birmingham Highways Maintenance programme Amey will be closing the Queensway and St. Chads tunnel and undertaking structural modifications, upgrading fire protection, and improving the lighting and general appearance.Further refurbishment works including new emergency, control and communications systems are being planned for next year.
The refurbishment of the Queensway tunnel is also linked to the Paradise Circus Redevelopment:
Fire Escape Tunnels.
Located directly underneath the main service ducts are fire escape tunnels providing egress routes from the Queensway tunnel running across the Site. These will be made redundant as a result of the refurbishment of the Queensway Tunnel
Paradise Circus D&A Statement (PDF)
The tunnel path can clearly be seen below:
The creation of the Queensway tunnel in 1969 was captured by John Ball (slide 3 and 4), below I’ve produced a composite view to help show the context. The dark black building is the Congreve Passage side of the Council House Extension.