A bridge lift took place on the iconic landmark on Wednesday 5 April 2023 to carry out weight testing to help assist specialist contractor Spencer Group with the weight balancing design works.
Following the bridge weight test, the next section of works will be to the deck, which includes repair and replacement of the steel deck plates.
As part of its Grade 2 listed heritage status, it is important the bridge remains functioning and the mechanics are in full operation to ensure the council is satisfying the statutory obligations. The lifting span is functional and is required by an Act of Parliament to lift upon certain requests.
The Corporation Bridge restoration is a £5.117m scheme – funded by £2.967m from the Department for Transport, £1.83m set aside by the council and a further £320,000 from the Local Transport Fund. The Department for Transport funding is specifically ringfenced for these works.