North Bridge re-opening delayed

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North Bridge will remain partially closed to traffic until spring 2023 with a six-month delay to the project confirmed

The structure has been under refurbishment since 2018 and been closed to northbound traffic since November last year.

It was previously anticipated the closure would last for a period of nine months, but this has been extended due to “unforeseen structural safety concerns” in the central part of the bridge.

The one-way system on the bridge means work can be undertaken safely, both on top of the bridge deck and below the road level.

The work is now expected to be complete in 2024. This is partly due to measures being taken because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the necessary repairs revealed since gaining full access to the entire structure. The project team have been able to open up and inspect sections of the bridge not seen since construction over 120 years ago. This access has uncovered significantly more deterioration on all three spans of the bridge, leading to more extensive repairs than first anticipated.

Written by: Jill McLaren

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