21 July 2015
The bridge over Tinsley canal has fully re-opened to traffic today – six weeks earlier than planned – after undergoing strengthening works by Streets Ahead.
Work began on the bridge, near Meadowhall, in April this year and it was anticipated that it would take 20 weeks to complete. Thanks to the hard work of the Streets Ahead team, who have strived to minimise disruption for road users, all lanes over the bridge have re-opened six weeks early.
As well as strengthening works underneath the bridge, the bridge deck has also been reinforced and fully waterproofed.
Cllr Terry Fox, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: “I would like to thank the Streets Ahead team for working so hard and managing to open this bridge to traffic six weeks early. This will mean that during the summer holidays we will not be causing disruption for anyone who is either visiting Meadowhall or travelling to the M1.
“I would like to thank all road users and Meadowhall for their patience during the time that the works have been taking place.”
Andrew Harley, Streets Ahead’s Structures Manager, said: “We’re delighted that we have been able to complete the strengthening works on the bridge quicker than anticipated and re-open all of the lanes for road users.
“The concrete beams that support the bridge have been strengthened and maintenance has been carried out on the bridge deck to ensure that future traffic needs can be met.
“Throughout the works we have endeavoured to keep disruption to a minimum and keep traffic moving as we know that this is a busy route. The way that we opted to carry out the improvements on the bridge has meant that we have been able to keep road traffic flowing rather than close it completely.
“There is still some work to carry out underneath the bridge over the next four weeks, but if the road needs to be closed these will only be night closures.”
As well as maintaining traffic flow over the bridge, the team also had to make sure that barges could still travel along the canal that flows under the bridge.
Notes to Editors
About the Streets Ahead work
The Streets Ahead works will enable the upgrade and ensure the on-going maintenance of the City’s:
• Highway structures, including bridges and retaining walls;
• Traffic signals, road signs, and markings;
• Fences, barriers and other street furniture; and
• Highway trees;
and will include services such as street cleaning, winter gritting and landscape highway maintenance.
The long term benefits of the works will include:
• Smooth pavements and road surfaces which will help reduced vehicle maintenance and fuel costs.
• Well-lit, safer streetscene – helping to dispel the fear of crime and the feeling of social exclusion;
• A highway network that enables journey and delivery times to be reliable;
• An attractive city streetscene and clearly signed roads
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