A start date for the major restoration of Corporation Road Bridge has been set following the appointment of a contractor for the scheme.
Multi-disciplinary bridge works specialist Spencer Group has been confirmed as the successful contractor following a strict and detailed tendering process.
Spencer Group has carried out maintenance and repair works on some of the UK’s most iconic bridges, including the Humber Bridge, Forth, Erskine, Severn and Menai bridges.
The company is currently carrying out refurbishment works on the world’s oldest suspension bridge still carrying traffic, the Union Chain Bridge, while, at the same time, also working on the Menai Suspension Bridge, the world’s second oldest operational vehicular suspension bridge.
Vital works to Corporation Road Bridge will start on Monday 6 February 2023, and a full road closure will be in place for the duration of the works which is expected to take 11 months.
The full refurbishment will include key structural works, as well as improvements to the aesthetic changes to the bridge – protecting the landmark for many years to come and preserve its heritage status.
Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: “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.
“Corporation Road Bridge is a key landmark in Grimsby Town Centre and the Heritage Action Zone. These refurbishment works are going to safeguard this iconic landmark for many years to come and be a key contributor to the ongoing regeneration works in this area.”
Joe DiMauro, project manager for bridges at Spencer Group, added: “We’re delighted to work on a structure in the Humber region which is close to our headquarters in Hull. It means we’ll be able to utilise our local supply chain while drawing on our expertise in this sector.
“Corporation Bridge is well known to Spencer Group employees and we’ll be able to involve some of our apprentices based in the Humber region, who also played a part in the tendering process. It will be a great experience for them to work with our established bridge refurbishment teams, helping to develop their knowledge and skills in this highly specialised area.”
While the works take place, Corporation Road Bridge will be closed to all vehicles and diversion routes will be clearly signed. The bridge will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists, except during short periods when the contractor will need to test the lifting mechanisms and the bridge will need to be fully closed.
A diversion route will be put in place while the bridge is closed to traffic. Motorists wishing to cross to the west side of the bridge (Sainsbury’s side) will be directed from Westgate roundabout, along Pyewipe Road and onto Corporation Road. Larger vehicles will be asked to straddle both lanes at the traffic signals. Those heading to the east side of the bridge will be directed to Lockhill roundabout.
Motorists, including HGV traffic, are strongly encouraged to follow the official signed diversion route to minimise disruption around the network. Other traffic management information will follow.
Keep up to date with roadworks across the area at www.nelincs.gov.uk/roadworks.