6 July 2017

The footbridge over Sheaf Street which was damaged by a lorry striking it in May 2017 has been repaired and is now fully open thanks to the Streets Ahead Structural Engineers.

A lorry mounted crane struck the footbridge with considerable force resulting in the bridge deck being badly damaged and leaving it an unsafe condition. The bridge has remained closed to members of the public since the damage occurred.

Streets Ahead Structural Engineers have completed the repairs and the footbridge has been reopened to the public.

Andrew Thirlwall, Streets Ahead Assistant Site Manager said “This has been a complex job and I would like to thank the public for being patient during the time it has taken for us to make the footbridge safe; investigate and repair this main thoroughfare over Sheaf Street.”

“The bridge suffered considerable damage that required a structural survey to be carried out which concluded that the footbridge could be repaired. We have arranged for the replacement pieces to be made off site and have safely reinstalled them during a night closure.”

Councillor Bryan Lodge, Cabinet Member for Environment and Streetscene, said: “Our thanks to the Streets Ahead Structural Engineers team who quickly made the footbridge safe after it had been struck by the lorry, and were able to get it repaired and open promptly for the public to use again.”

To find out more about the Streets Ahead contract visit: www.sheffield.gov.uk/streetsahead