June date proposed for start of multi-million-pound bridge improvement programme in Bristol
Cabinet will be asked to approve initial funding to begin works to six bridges along the New Cut.
A multi-million-pound investment in some of the city’s most iconic and much used bridges has been proposed to deliver necessary repairs and maintenance over a five-year period.
The works required to six bridges along the New Cut include joint repairs, resurfacing and masonry strengthening to ensure each remains open and safe for many years to come.
The six bridges that make up this proposal are Bath Bridge, Bedminster New Bridge, Bedminster Old Bridge, Gaol Ferry Bridge, Langton Street Footbridge and Vauxhall Footbridge.
It’s proposed that the investment begins with works to Gaol Ferry Bridge to replace the structural steel beams, replace the bridge decking, repair some stonework, and repaint the bridge. Should the £1 million funding for the repair and refurbishment works receive Cabinet approval, Gaol Ferry Bridge will completely close in June this year and remain shut for the duration of the works which are expected to last six months. Every effort is being made to complete works and reopen the bridge as soon as possible.
The proposed repairs to the six bridges along the New Cut and sections of the river wall will be discussed and decided on at the upcoming meeting of the Cabinet on Tuesday 10 May.
The diversions planned for the closure will signpost people along routes via Bedminster Bridges and Bathurst Bridge or across Vauxhall Bridge.
These routes have been informed by work carried out earlier this year when officers surveyed people who cross and use the footbridge to find out where they were travelling from and heading to, and the reasons and timings of their journeys. The results are being used to map out the various diversionary routes to minimise disruption while the footbridge is closed.
Funding for the proposed repairs and maintenance would come mostly from the recently agreed City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement (CRSTS) funding with £500k identified in the existing Highways Capital Budget approved by Full Council in February 2022.