Engineers continue work to save 100-year old Grimsby bridge

Engineers continue work to save 100-year old Grimsby bridge

Refurbishment works to the iconic Corporation Road Bridge in Grimsby are progressing.

Engineers continue work to save 100-year old Grimsby bridge

Grit blasting works to the undersides of the bridge for spans 1, 2, 3 and 4 have allowed a detailed inspection of the structure, and this revealed an increase in necessary repairs. The timber lifting deck has been removed and a temporary deck has been installed whilst works are still on-going.

A spokesperson for Spencer Group, the Principal Contractor on the project, said:

“This bridge has been in place for almost 100-years, and exposed to harsh environmental conditions, including the salt waters of the River Freshney.”

“As blasting works have progressed, it has become clear that the extent of the repairs required are beyond those originally envisaged. This has required further designs to be added to the scope of works in addition to further physical repairs.”

“Steelwork repair works have begun both above and below deck, with painting works progressing as repairs permit.”

Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport at North East Lincolnshire Council, said:

“Closing the bridge for an extended period of time was not an easy decision to make, but it has been necessary in order for this historic structure to be saved.

“If we had chosen not to go ahead with the refurbishment, this 100-year old structure would likely not be around for much longer.

“I’d like to thank all of our residents, local businesses and partners for continuing to support the much-needed refurbishing works.”

Encapsulation and scaffolding are now fully erected to the North side of spans 5 and 6 above deck, preventing dust, debris and adverse weather from affecting the works in progress. Grit blasting works are now in progress on these sections as well.

Due to Marine Management Organisation license restrictions, works cannot commence to the underside of these spans until spans 1 to 3 are complete.

Detailed design works to the control room have now been completed with works due to start in the next few weeks.

North East Lincolnshire Council, its delivery partner, Equans and contractor Spencer Group would like to thank the public for their patience whilst the work is being undertaken.

Visit http://www.investnel.co.uk/corporation-bridge to keep up to date with the Corporation Road Bridge works.