Two major contracts for Preston-based engineers

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Preston-based Eric Wright Civil Engineering (EWCE) has been awarded a £1.7m contract by Knowsley Council to replace the Greystone Footbridge across the M62 with a contemporary combined footpath and cycleway.

The project is expected to begin on site in summer and EWCE will commence the scheme with demolition of the existing Greystone Footbridge, which has carried a footpath across the M62 between J4 and J5 at the Knowsley/Liverpool border since it was opened in 1973.

The contract comes as the Eric Wright Group has also stepped in to take over the Blackburn bus station project as well.

Designed by Mouchel, the new Knowsley bridge will replace the old structure on the same site and will provide a footpath and cycleway on a single symmetrical cable-stayed deck structure, which will be supported on the existing abutments.

EWCE will also construct a new concrete pier and steel pylon in the central reservation to support the new footbridge. The bridge deck will be of steel ladder deck construction, with a steel plate deck and non-slip waterproof surface.

The construction programme will be carefully planned with close collaboration between EWCE, Knowsley Council, Mouchel and other key stakeholders to minimise disruption and ensure project delivery on time and with budget.

The scheme will require weekend closures of the M62 during the demolition phase and installation of the new cable stayed bridge over the carriageways.

Further lane closures will also be required for construction to take place in the central reservation, which will include piling works up to 18 metres deep for the new foundations and construction of a landmark seven metre high central pier using white concrete.

The concrete pier will be topped by a steel pylon structure, which will be highlighted by feature lighting to create a striking landmark.

Gavin Hulme, contracts manager at EWCE, said: “We have been awarded the Greystone Footbridge scheme following a rigorous tendering process that focused on both quality and costs.”