25 May 2016

Four of the city’s bridges are to undergo restoration and strengthening works starting in June as part of the Streets Ahead programme.

Much-needed strengthening works will begin on Leppings Lane bridge in Hillsborough, on the North and South bridges at Kelham Island and on Weedon bridge at Carbrook.

The Streets Ahead team will begin working on the Leppings Lane bridge on Wednesday 1 June, using concrete to strengthen it, as well as installing new pavements, kerbing and a new drainage system.

The project will take three months to complete and although lane closures will be in place, a lane in each direction will remain open throughout to keep traffic flowing.

Weedon bridge in Carbrook will also benefit from strengthening works, as well as being restored back to its former glory, with work starting on Monday 6 June for around five months. A lane will remain open in in each direction throughout the works, with the occasional weekend closure.

Cllr Bryan Lodge, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “Since the start of the Streets Ahead contract we have upgraded 266 bridges and structures across the city. This is an important part of the Streets Ahead works as we are ensuring that these often historic bridges in the city are safe to use for future generations.”

Andrew Harley, Streets Ahead’s structures manager, is urging motorists to drive carefully through any bridge works or lane closures.

He said: “All of the bridges that we are beginning to work on in June will be strengthened. It is essential that this work is carried out, but everything has been carefully planned in order to minimise disruption and to keep traffic flowing throughout. All of the lanes on the bridges will be reopened as soon as work is complete and it is safe to do so.

“We hope that the public will see the benefits of strengthening and restoring these bridges once they are all fully opened again.”

Two bridges that lead to the Kelham Island museum will also see strengthening works start on the underneath of both bridges on 6 June and will take approximately three months to complete.

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