Thursday, 1 October 2015

Midland Bridge reopening soon

Bath’s Midland Bridge will be officially reopened on Thursday 1 October, a week ahead of schedule.

Over the past seven months Bath & North East Somerset Council has spent £1 million refurbishing the historic structure to ensure its longevity. The bridge supports the important B3118 Midland Bridge Road link from the Lower Bristol Road to the Pinesway gyratory into Bath city centre at Green Park. The refurbishment works involved removing the existing paint coating to all steelwork, replacing the bridge deck waterproofing membrane and movement joints, undertaking repairs and re-painting to restore the structure to its former glory. During the work, 150 tonnes of grit was used to blast the metal surfaces, 160 tonnes of scaffolding was erected and 1,800 litres of paint used. The steel lattice girder bridge was originally installed in 1905 by the Corporation of the City of Bath, and was opened on 12th December 1905 by Alderman A. Taylor.

Unfortuneately the urgency of this work only became apparent in the run up to the elections in May but it needed to be done. At the time the Conservatives were running a campaign against the traffic works being put in to improve traffic around the city claiming Bath was stalling. Well it would have stalled without the schemes that were put in.
Now of course its a different story and the line is:-
“Midland Bridge is an extremely important link to the city; the refurbishment was vital to ensure its future integrity and prolong its serviceable life.”

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