Colwall’s new railway bridge on track
Posted: 12/01/2009 17:02:57
Work to build a new railway bridge in Colwall is set to begin.
The news will come as a relief to locals who will have been waiting for nearly two years by the time the first vehicles use the new bridge in spring 2009.
Network Rail, the company responsible for the works, has warned that the road will be closed to vehicles from early February until the new bridge is in use – expected to be June 26.
A temporary footbridge will be installed so pedestrian access will be maintained.
“This sadly means that diversion routes will once again have to be used,” said Councillor Brian Wilcox, the council’s cabinet member for highways and transportation.
“We appreciate that these are inconvenient but they are the safest and most suitable alternative during the construction work,” he added.
“For their own safety, and the safety of other drivers, we respectfully request that motorists avoid Flapgates Lane as this has caused problems in the past.
“Please bear with us as we work with Network Rail to ensure the bridge is constructed quickly and safely - we urge everyone to follow the routes for their own safety, the safety of others and to cause the minimal amount of disruption to others.”
Additional signage will be installed to encourage motorists to follow the official routes.
Although the initial design for the bridge was for single way traffic controlled by traffic signals along with a footway, the council has had discussions with Colwall Parish Council and suggested an alternative layout with two lanes and a footway.
Both designs are going through appraisal and full safety audits – once these are complete a decision will be made on which option to go for based on safety issues, traffic flows and environmental aspects of the site.
The initial works being carried will enable either design to be implemented.
Due to the long lead-in period – around 20 weeks – the precast concrete beams to support the new bridge have already been ordered. These have been designed to take either arrangement, once this has been decided by the council.
The main elements of the work on the site will include:
- Setting up a site compound on the south side of the bridge
- Installation of a temporary footbridge during the works
- Diversion of utilities
- Demolition of the existing bridge deck and the top of the existing bridge abutments
- Installation of the new precast concrete beams
- Installation of bridge parapets (to be painted dark green) and approach barriers
- Installation of the new highway and footway
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