Disruption for drivers while A59 bridge is fixed

A59 Tarleton Bridge
A59 Tarleton Bridge
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Work is to begin on repairing a bridge after it was struck by a vehicle.

Tarleton Bank Hall Bridge, which carries the main A59 Liverpool Road over the River Douglas, was damaged when struck back in April, which resulted in a length of the parapet wall being displaced.

It’s vital that we do this work now to ensure the bridge is safe

Bridges design and construction manager David Hurford

The wall remains in place but some stones need to be secured back in position to ensure the bridge stays safe.

During the work, there will be a lane-closure with two-way traffic controlled by temporary lights while the repairs are carried out,.

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.

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 that 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 ridge being damaged by vehicles which have lost control, particularly by going too fast around the bend at the east side of the bridge.

He added: “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.”

Work will take place from 8pm to 11pm on Thursday May 7 to allow engineers to lift a pontoon and machinery into the river to prepare for the repairs.

From Friday May 8 to Sunday May 10 work will take place from 8pm to 6am to remove, clean and re-bed the stonework.