Refurbishment of Redcliffe Bascule Bridge to restart
Work to refurbish Redcliffe Bascule Bridge, a major bridge on Bristol’s floating harbour, will start up again in June 2022.
Repairs originally got underway in January 2021 but the contractor, Cleveland Bridge UK Limited, went into administration and ceased to trade. The council is working with a new contractor, Alun Griffiths, to carry out the remaining repairs. This will involve significant repairs to the structural, mechanical and electrical elements to allow the bridge to open properly and let larger boats through. It will also protect the structural integrity of the bridge, reducing the need for future repairs.
The first stage of the project is expected to start in June 2022. This will see alternate footpath closures, with one side of the footpath available for pedestrians throughout this phase.
This will lead up to the second stage of the works programme later in the summer that includes repairs to the machinery which opens and closes the bascule bridge. As the bridge will need to remain in the upright, open position while the work is carried out, the whole bridge will close to pedestrians and all traffic for around 10 weeks.
Throughout the closure, people will be diverted across Bristol Bridge, which will temporarily allow access to all traffic while the repairs to Redcliffe Bascule Bridge take place. Advance notice and diversion routes will be promoted nearer the time.
This will be followed by further stages of work, which will require some lane closures and temporary traffic signals, but Redcliffe Bascule Bridge will reopen to traffic and pedestrians.
The refurbishment of Redcliffe Bascule Bridge is expected to cost around £2.85 million, which will be covered by money already set aside from Bristol’s capital funding programme. The work is programmed in to start in June 2022 and is expected to be completed early in 2023.
To keep up to date with the works, go to www.bristol.gov.uk/redcliffebridge.