Engineering work on Bath’s historic Cleveland Bridge will continue in the run up to Christmas and resume on January 4.
The bridge will remain closed to HGVs but will continue to be open for vehicles under two metres in width under traffic signals.
An update on the programme of renovation works is anticipated mid January.
Since temporary supports were installed at the end of October crucial sections of the bridge trusses have been repaired, however repairs on a fourth truss are more extensive and work is ongoing.
Another temporary platform has been erected under the bridge deck on down stream side of the river allowing for more detailed inspection of the bridge. It has resulted in the identification of a further 28 repairs in addition to 21 already accounted for. Investigation work is also under way on up streamside of the structure.
Pedestrians, cyclists and cars can use the bridge and an exception has been made for emergency vehicles, which will be able to access the bridge via a gate specifically for their use.
Work on the £3.8 million project to repair and safeguard the Grade II* listed structure began in May under temporary traffic signals before the bridge was closed to all vehicle traffic on 28 June.
The extent of the works include repairs to the bridge deck and concrete supporting structure, along with repainting of the cast iron arches and parapets and waterproofing to prevent future weather damage.
The project is funded through the Government’s Highways Challenge Fund. Updates to the programme timeline will be posted on the Cleveland Bridge webpage as work goes on. You can also read about progress updates on medium.