Work set to end – eight months late

Published on: 09 Oct 2015

WORK on Teewell Hill Railway Bridge is expected to be completed by the end of October - a year after the scheme started.
Engineers and construction workers moved on to the site on October 6 2014 to widen the bridge, introduce footpaths at both sides for pedestrians and provide improved cycle facilities.
The improvement scheme had originally been expected to last for eight weeks.
But delays were caused when work to put four embankment supports in place at each corner of the bridge took longer than expected.
The bridge was built in the 1840s to carry traffic over the now Bristol and Bath Railway Path.
But it had been struggling to cope with the volume and size of today’s traffic, and vehicles were hitting the barrier walls and railings.
The section of the path had to be closed to enable widening work to take place which involved using the closed section of the railway path as a construction site to build foundations to hold the wider bridge in place.
A diversion route was set up via Signal Road access ramp, Teewell Hill, Teewell Avenue, Seymour Road, Soundwell Road, Page Road, Upper Station Road and Acacia Road before re-joining the railway path via the access track.
Further jobs included completing the new arch above the path, capping the piling, and carrying out maintenance to the old masonry arch.
A council spokesperson was unable to give an exact date for the reopening but confirmed it will be open to pedestrians and cyclists by October 31: “We are pleased to say that the bridge will reopen by the end of October, following the work we have undertaken to strengthen and widen the structure to accommodate all users safely.
“We appreciate the disruption this has caused and that this has taken longer than we originally anticipated, but trust the public will be reassured that making this crossing safe is our first concern. The end result will however make everyone’s life a lot easier with regards to moving across the bridge on foot, by bike or by car.”
Staple Hill councillor Shirley Potts said it was great news and residents looked forward to the opening of the bridge.
“Teewell Bridge has been a bottle-neck and has caused enormous problems for years. The work to widen it has been a necessity but the project was due to be completed in four months and it’s now been a year.
“The work has caused a lot of problems for residents accessing their properties and we’ve had quite a few complaints.
“Both myself and fellow councillor Ian Boulton have been disappointed at the constant delays and increading cost of the work and have asked for a full report detailing what’s happened and what lessons they’ve learnt.”

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