Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Whitchurch toll bridge to reopen

WHITCHURCH toll bridge is to reopen on September ?? following an 11-month refurbishment.

The crossing has been shut since October while being strengthened to cope with the weight of modern traffic.

It was due to re-open in April but the £4.4 million scheme was delayed by problems dismantling it in November and then the foods in January, February.

The private company which owns the 102-year-old bridge has thanked residents for their patience.

Secretary Geoff Weir said: "There was obviously a degree of frustration among locals, especially early this year.

"The road was closed and there was no work going on but this was impossible due to river conditions and most people understood that.

"Since then I think residents have been impressed with the level of activity that has been going on. We've received very few complaints about it."

The company's contractors Balfour Beatty has installed new piling and reinforced the underside of the bridge with steel girders.

The white iron lattices on the sides no longer hold it up but have been put back for decorative purposes.

Utility companies are now relaying pipes and cables and the road will then be resurfaced.

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