A59 lane closures due to bridge repair work

ROADWORKS: Repairs
ROADWORKS: Repairs
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Further work will take place over the next two weekends to repair a bridge on the A59 near Tarleton following recent damage from vehicles.

Tarleton Bank Hall Bridge carries the main A59 Liverpool Road over the River Douglas.

The most recent damage happened in September when the south side of the bridge was struck by a vehicle, resulting in stonework which forms the parapet wall being dislodged.

Repairs will also take place to damage on the north side of the bridge caused by previous incidents.

There will be a lane-closure in place with two-way traffic controlled by temporary lights while the repairs take place, but engineers will be working during evenings and overnight to minimise disruption and complete the job as quickly as possible, while keeping the bridge open during the busiest part of the day.

Work to repair the stonework will take place from 7pm to 6am on:

• Friday, November 13, Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15.

• Friday, November 20, Saturday, November 21, and Sunday, November 22.

David Hurford, bridges design and construction manager, said: “We’re sorry for the disruption while we carry out these essential repairs, but hope to keep this to a minimum by working during the evenings and overnight, with most of the work being done at the weekend.

“It’s vital we do this work now to ensure the bridge is safe, and prevent worse damage occurring, and greater delays to people’s journeys, should it be struck again.

“There is a history of this bridge being damaged by vehicles which have lost control, particularly by going too fast around the bend at the east side of the bridge.

“The speed limit over the bridge was reduced following an incident in 2012, and following an incident in March 2014 we installed more signs warning motorists to slow down before the bridge.

“We’re considering whether anything further could reasonably be done to prevent future incidents, and will continue to monitor the situation.”