Bridge plan for motorway link road

The Heysham Link road taking shape at Junction 34 of the M6 as taken from the air by the National Police Air Service Warton at the end of September 2014.

The Heysham Link road taking shape at Junction 34 of the M6 as taken from the air by the National Police Air Service Warton at the end of September 2014.

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New bridges are to be built as part of the construction of the Heysham to M6 Link Road.

Major feats of engineering are due to take place in the coming months to bridge a river, canal, railway and roads.

Work is due to be completed by Saturday December 6 to lift into place the beams for the Folly Railway Bridge, which will take the link road over the West Coast Mainline railway.

Special permission was needed to close the railway line – one of the busiest in the country - to allow the work to take place safely.

In January, pre-cast concrete arches will be lifted into place for Milestone Canal Bridge.

The new bridge will take the link road across the Lancaster Canal north of Hammerton Hall Lane.

For a short period the arch of the bridge, which spans 30 metres, will be the longest pre cast unsupported arch in the UK.

And in March, work will begin to create a new bridge across the River Lune.

This will see a 1,200 tonne crane being built to lift into place the massive steel beams for the bridge, which will carry the new road over the Lune.

Work has been underway since construction of the new road began in January this year, on seven out of the 11 major structures needed in total to take the link road over and under existing infrastructure.

So far more than 1m cubic metres of earth has been moved during construction of the road.

County Coun John Fillis, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “It’s great to see such good progress being made on the Heysham to M6 Link Road.

“The first phase of the project has focused on major earthworks and it’s exciting that we’ll soon see the bridges being constructed and the road really begin to take shape.

“The link road will be an engine for economic growth across the region and a number of companies have reported that they’re already investing to ensure they’re ready to take advantage of better connections when the road is completed in summer 2016.”

Andrew Langley, Costain project director, said: “The good weather this summer has helped us to make good progress with the earthworks and we’re looking forward to the next phase of the project.”