Tarleton Bank Hall Bridge carries the main A59 Liverpool Road over the River Douglas. It was damaged when struck by a vehicle in July, resulting in stonework which forms the parapet wall being knocked into the river.
There will be a lane-closure in place with two-way traffic controlled by temporary lights while the repairs take place, but engineers will be working during evenings and overnight to minimise disruption and complete the job as quickly as possible, while keeping the bridge open during the busiest part of the day.
Work to replace the stonework will take place from 7pm to 6am beginning on Thursday September 10 and finishing on the morning of Monday September 14.
David Hurford, bridges design and construction manager, said: “We’re sorry for the disruption while we carry out these essential repairs, but hope to keep this to a minimum by working during the evenings and overnight, with most of the work being done at the weekend.
“It’s vital that we do this work now to ensure the bridge is safe, and prevent worse damage occurring, and greater delays to people’s journeys, should it be struck again.
“There is a history of this bridge being damaged by vehicles which have lost control, particularly by going too fast around the bend at the east side of the bridge.
“The speed limit over the bridge was reduced following an incident in 2012, and following an incident in March 2014 we installed more signs warning motorists to slow down before the bridge.
“We’re considering whether anything further could reasonably be done to prevent future incidents, and will continue to monitor the situation.”
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