Disruption to be minimised during bridge work

Restoration work is to start on Hexham Bridge later this month to ensure it remains in good condition for future generations.

The works are due to start on 24 July and are expected to take a maximum of six weeks to complete. The county council has carefully planned the works to ensure the minimum amount of disruption to the residents, businesses and visitors to Hexham.

The project will involve repointing the bridge along with some concrete testing to ensure the integrity of  the Scheduled Ancient Monument.
Most of the work will be carried out using night-time lane closures, with traffic lights controlling the traffic flow.  The lights will only operate between 8pm and 6am and outside these hours both the road and footpaths will be fully open to vehicles and pedestrians.  

Daytime work, which will have no impact on traffic, will also involve the use of a pontoon in the River Tyne to allow staff to access the bridge piers to repoint any substandard areas of mortar.  Due to the location of the weir there will be river rescue personnel in attendance at all times.

Engineers are also taking the opportunity to repair a section of eroded embankment downstream of the bridge and to replace the deep water notices on the fish pass that were swept away in the winter floods.

Councillor Glen Sanderson, Cabinet Member for Environment and Local Services, said: “Hexham Bridge is not only a beautiful and historic structure, it is a vital highway link into the town, and it’s imperative it remains in good condition.

“We understand people may be concerned about the announcement of more works in Hexham and that is why engineers have developed the scheme specifically to be carried out largely during the night, with the road remaining open throughout.

“The work will help restore the bridge and ensure it remains in fine condition for future generations.”
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