Essential bridge repairs at Devonshire Road Bridge will start at 5am on Monday 4 June, as the major bridges improvement programme moves into its final stages.
Devonshire Road Bridge is the last bridge in a significant programme of investment. A number of the town’s key bridges have been modernised as part of a £11.3m project to ensure they remain safe in the future.
Bridge Repairs at Devonshire Road Bridge
Refurbishment work at Devonshire Road Bridge will involve repairing supporting steel beams that have corroded over time so that the bridge will stay open for years to come.
The footway will be resurfaced and cleaning and cladding of brickwork under the bridge will also take place to provide a cleaner, brighter bridge for all.
Impact of Devonshire Road Bridge Repairs on Traffic
While the work is being undertaken Devonshire Road will be closed to southbound traffic between Claremont Road and Mansfield Road from Monday 4 June at 5am.
To help traffic flow road users travelling southbound will be diverted along Warbreck Hill Road, Plymouth Road, Poulton Road, Westcliffe Drive and Talbot Road. (See attached map).
Pedestrian access to the bridge will be maintained at all times and businesses on Devonshire Road will be open as usual.
The works are expected to last for 15 weeks (weather permitting).
Cllr Fred Jackson, Blackpool Council Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “It is essential that this work is undertaken to keep key bridge access open to road users travelling into and around Blackpool whether it be to work, shop or enjoy our many fabulous attractions.
“All of this work and other investment around the town is focussed on making Blackpool better so we ask residents and commuters to bear with us as we progress towards that goal.”
Funding for the Blackpool bridge improvement programme is made up of contributions from Blackpool Council, the Department for Transport and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.
For more information on the works and to keep up-to-date with the bridges improvement programme visit www.blackpool.gov.uk/Bridges.
Squires Gate Bridge
Squires Gate Bridge reopened after a four month replacement programme. The bridge reopened on 14 March 2018.
As part of the £2.2m scheme, corroded concrete and steel beams supporting the bridge were replaced to prolong the life of the bridge for years to come. It is expected that the work will give the bridge an extra 120 years of life.
The bridge replacement is part of a programme to fix ten of Blackpool’s bridges during the next five years at a total cost of £11.365m. The money is made up by contributions from Blackpool Council, the Department for Transport’s Challenge Fund and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Fund.
The next bridge to be improved will be Devonshire Road Bridge in the summer.
More About Squires Gate Bridge Repairs
Essential work at Squires Gate Bridge began on Tuesday 7 November 2017 as part of Blackpool’s bridges improvement programme.
Squires Gate Bridge looking towards the sea. Pic: Google maps
Work involved replacing the carriageway and supporting steel and concrete beams. While the work was undertaken Squires Gate Bridge was closed to vehicles between Sandbridge Place and Hillcrest Road.
Over time, the reinforced concrete beams and steel supporting Squires Gate Bridge had become corroded. They had to be replaced to ensure the bridge can remain open for years to come.
State of repair of Squires Gate Bridge
Harrowside bridge closed due to safety issues highlighted during an inspection. Due to serious deterioration, engineers have identified the bridge as a safety risk to the public. It closed to traffic Wednesday 26 July 2017 whilst a repair plan is put in place.
State of repair at Harrowside Bridge
Harrowside Bridge Blackpool, photo from Google maps
Pedestrians could still use the footpath during the closure and businesses on the bridge remained open as usual.
Recent checks have revealed that steel reinforcements have corroded by 40% which means that essential repair work will need to take place.
Waterloo Road Bridge
Published 2 July 2017
Essential repair work to Waterloo Road bridge began on Monday 3 July 2017. Work took place to strengthen the existing structure, lasted around six weeks and is now complete.
Waterloo Road Bridge repairs, photo from Google maps
The maintenance work involves highway realignment over the bridge deck. This means that the width of the carriageway over the bridge has been reduced, to reduce the load on the edge beams under the footway. The taxi rank and loading bay positioned on the bridge deck were removed as a result of the highway realignment works.
The four-span bridge is said to have been constructed in the early twentieth century and originally supported the road over railway tracks which led to the old Blackpool Central Station.
Plymouth Road Bridge
Like a number of Blackpool bridges, Plymouth Road Bridge (also known as Crossleys Bridge) was suffering from age. It’s one of the 10 bridges across the town to undergo significant investment over a period of five years. Plymouth Road Bridge reopened to drivers on Friday 7 April 2017 following a six month repair programme.
Crossleys Bridge in January 2017, photo by Steve Palmer
This bridge is adjacent to the former B&Q / Warbreck Hill / Mowbray Drive industrial estate area.
The third phase of the bridge repair programme was completed at the end of June 17, ahead of schedule, and saw the utilities from the temporary footbridge diverted back into the highway. The final surface has now been completed which provides a much smoother surface for road users.
With the final phase of engineering works complete, the eighty-year-old bridge reopened to two way traffic with all four lanes in operation once again.
The earlier second phase of the bridge repair programme saw the eighty year old bridge replaced with a stronger and higher alternative.
The bridge has been raised in order for electrification works to the railway line underneath to take place. Both schemes have taken place at the same time to minimise disruption.
As part of the £6.1m scheme, the deck of the bridge has been replaced due to corrosion. The corrosion on the bridge was significantly high, with the chloride based corrosion of the concrete rated as being up to 6%, far above the recommended level of 0.3%.
£1m of external funding for Plymouth Road bridge has also been received from Network Rail in order to raise the height of the new bridge, enabling electrification works of the train line underneath.
Princess Street Bridge
The rusty bridge at Princess Street, which was on the verge of being closed, was demolished and rebuilt in 2015/16.
Work on Princess Street bridge, which carries Seasiders Way, began at the start of November 2015. More work on removing the existing surroundings took place over the winter, and the new bridge was installed in early 2016.
As well as replacing the bridge, landscaping around the area provided stepped access from Princess Street on to Seasiders Way, as well as making the area brighter and safer for local residents.
As well as being in a decrepit state, the old bridge was also a hotspot for anti-social behaviour, with the dark corridor often complained about by local residents.
More about Blackpool Bridge Repairs
Ten bridges across Blackpool will undergo significant investment over a period of five years in order to spread out the works and reduce disruption to motorists. Ultimately the works will keep transport in Blackpool moving long into the future.
The maintenance programme to repair 10 Blackpool bridges is at a total cost of £11.365m.
The money is made up by contributions from Blackpool Council, the Department for Transport’s Challenge Fund and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Fund.
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