Work to repair the Geddington Road Bridge in Corby, to enable it to carry the weight of present day heavy goods vehicles over 40 tonnes in weight, will start on Monday, July 14.
The project is expected to take about 16 weeks to complete and during this time it will be necessary to close Geddington Road to through traffic. However the road will still be open to access businesses located there, which will be trading as usual.
What's being done?
Work to refurbish the bridge will include constructing a new deck over the existing one as well as strengthening the abutments to bring it up to the current day standard of 40 tonnes.
Cllr Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “Thanks to our partnership between Tata Steel and Northamptonshire County Council, the bridge will be upgraded from 1936 standards to those of the twenty-first century.
“I’m delighted that we now have a start date for this as once complete it will be an enormous relief to the people of Corby, businesses and, indeed, anyone who uses the Geddington Road.
“I’m pleased that we have been able to work together with Tata Steel to come to an agreement and reach a situation which everyone is happy with.”
In May it was announced that Northamptonshire County Council and Tata Steel had reached a cost-sharing agreement to carry out the work.
The agreement sees both parties equally sharing the costs of the repairs, which will return the Geddington Road back to full usage and allow for the 3 tonne weight limit to be removed.
When was the restriction imposed?
This restriction was imposed in January 2011 as a result of concerns over the structural capacity of the bridge following a series of structural assessments and reviews which rated the structure as only being able to carry a maximum of three tonnes.
The bridge was created in 1936 when a railway was built under Geddington Road to serve the integrated steelworks at Corby. The bridge is owned by Tata Steel, while the carriageway on top of the bridge is the responsibility of the county council.
Tata Steel will be handling the design and development of the bridge improvements.