Monday 8 December 2014

The historic Oughtibridge bridge has now fully re-opened after undergoing strengthening and upgrade works by the Streets Ahead team.

Since April 2014, the Victorian bridge which is over the River Don at Oughtibridge, has seen over 18 tonnes of steel reinforcement go into strengthening it, whilst still retaining some of its original features.

Cllr Jayne Dunn, Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling and Streetscene, said:

“I’m delighted that this historic bridge is now reopened and would like to thank the public and road users for their patience during the works on the bridge.

“The bridge provides a vital road link for both residents and visitors to our city. It’s great to know that the works that have been carried out on the bridge has preserved an important part of Sheffield’s heritage for many years to come.”

Structures Manager for Streets Ahead, Andrew Harley, said:

“A lot of work has gone into strengthening the bridge and making sure that it is strong enough to carry road and foot traffic over the River Don for many more years to come. It has been a complex job, which has taken a little longer than originally planned.

“The road over the bridge opened fully on Monday 8th December after a final closure at the weekend (6th and 7th December), when finishing touches were made to the bridge.

“The way that we opted to upgrade the bridge has meant that we have been able to keep road traffic flowing over the bridge rather than close it completely. For some of the bigger work we have tried to keep closures to weekends, where possible, to minimise disruption.”