Wednesday 15 April 2015
On Monday 20th April the Streets Ahead team are set to begin a 20-week strengthening project on the bridge over the Tinsley canal near Meadowhall. The bridge forms a link between the Meadowhall area and the M1 motorway.
During the works the bridge will remain open in both directions, with outbound lane closures and lane narrowing to inbound traffic in place throughout the time the works are carried out.
Steve Robinson, Head of Highway Maintenance for Sheffield City Council, said: “We have many old, beautiful and historic bridges across the city. To ensure that we keep them for residents, commuters and visitors to the city to use for years to come, we need to take care of them.
“We are aware that by carrying out the repairs we will inconvenience commuters, but hopefully they will understand that this vital work needs to take place.”
Andrew Harley, Structures Manager for Streets Ahead, said: “It’s important that we strengthen Tinsley Canal Bridge now to eliminate the risk of additional maintenance issues and increased traffic delays in the near future.
“The concrete beams that support the bridge will be strengthened and maintenance will be carried out to the bridge deck to ensure that future traffic needs can be met. The majority of the work will be beneath the road with lane closures being essential to ensure the bridge beam repairs are not subjected to traffic vibration during the strengthening process. It may look like lane closures are unnecessarily in place, but we need them for the strengthening works to be effective.”
As this is a busy route the team are working hard to keep disruption to a minimum during the 20-week period that work is expected to take place. Two lanes will always remain open into the Meadowhall area, with one lane remaining open towards the motorway. However, queues around the area are likely and all drivers are being advised, if possible, to plan an alternative route if travelling in and out of the area.
The Streets Ahead team maintain over 600 bridges across Sheffield many of which need some improvements to make the fit for the future needs of the city.