Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Toll bridge shut until July

WHITCHURCH toll bridge will be closed for at least three months longer than expected.

It shut for refurbishment in October and was due to re-open on April 14.

However, the private company which owns the 112-year-old iron bridge now says it will not re-open until July at the earliest following the recent floods.

The work was delayed in the first month when engineers Birse Civils discovered the bridge was weaker than they had expected and it would need to take away smaller sections than planned or the structure might collapse.

This set the project back by about six weeks but Balfour Beatty, the bridge company’s main contractor, thought it would be able to get back on schedule.

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