Cleveland Bridge resurfacing works
Works are progressing on Bath’s Cleveland Bridge with resurfacing due to take place overnight from June 12 to June 20.
Bath & North East Somerset Council is notifying residents that the bridge will be closed between 7pm and 6am on those dates for the works, which have been scheduled to avoid Network Rail’s overnight works at Churchill Gyratory taking place from late June to the middle of August.
The painting of the bridge is progressing with three coats having been applied and the final coat due to be completed in the next two weeks.
These works form part of the original scheme for the refurbishment of the bridge and will be completed by late summer 2022.
However, the council announced in April that traffic management is set to remain on the bridge as investigations continue into how to solve the complex engineering issues discovered during the agreed repairs to the Grade II* listed structure.
Severe corrosion was revealed when sections of concrete were removed from the hanger bars, which support the main trusses of the bridge and are essential to maintaining its structural integrity. The bars are not commonly found in bridges and the solution is proving a technical challenge, as any solution will be bespoke and there are few experts in this historic methodology.
An assessment of an option for installing a bearing under the truss to support the weight of the bridge is expected this week and will inform how repair works progress to the hanger.
All updates on the bridge can be found on the dedicated Cleveland Bridge renovation project webpage.