Essential repair works to strengthen and restore the Walkley Lane Bridge, which crosses the River Loxley at Hillsborough, are to be extended by one month.

The works, which included repairing corrosion between the main support beams and the panels that support the road surface, started on the cast iron bridge back in July.

While these initial repairs were being carried out, extensive deterioration of the bridge has been discovered and it has been found that further maintenance is required to preserve the historical bridge, which was originally installed in the early 20th century.

The closure of the bridge to traffic and pedestrians will remain in place until the evening of 19 December 2014. During this time, measures put in place to help minimise disruption will remain in place. This includes diversions via Walkley Lane, Walkley Road and Walkley Bank Road and access to River Terrace via Holme Lane.

Coun Jack Scott, Cabinet member for Environment, Recycling and Streetscene, said: “Walkley Lane Bridge is an important historical feature of the city and one that we are keen to preserve. This is why we need to carry out these essential repairs so that we are able to keep a piece of Sheffield’s history. By carrying out these works now, the bridge will be preserved and fit for purpose for many years to come.”

Andrew Harley, Structures Manager for Streets Ahead, said: “Unfortunately, due to the level of deterioration of the bridge, more extensive works are required than were originally scheduled.

“We appreciate that the extended closure of the bridge is an inconvenience and we apologise for any disruption caused by these essential works. Once completed, the bridge will meet present day standards and no further major works will be required for a considerable time.”

While the bridge is scheduled to reopen before Christmas, in order to remove the decking from underneath the bridge, there will an additional weekend closure in January. Road users are advised to look out for the on street signs, or call 0114 273 4567 for further details.

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