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Beams hoisted into place on new Cumbria road bridge

The A596 road in Workington is back open after work to lift massive beams into place for the town's new Northside Bridge finished early.

Northside Road was due to be closed until 6am tomorrow (MON) but contractors have completed the work earlier than scheduled.

The road reopening comes ahead of today's rugby league derby between Workington and Whitehaven at Derwent Park.

Contractors from Birse Civils have worked non-stop at the site - crossing the River Derwent - since 10pm on Friday.

A massive crane lifted the beams up and over, guided by workers.

The beams for the southern side of the bridge will arrive later, when road closure will not be required.

It is hoped that the new Northside bridge will be open by the summer.

Stuart MacFarlane, project manager for contractor Birse Civils, said: “Putting the beams in place will mean that you will be able to physically see the bridge going over the river.

"Everything went right to schedule and the weather was dry.

“There is still a lot of work to do, but we hope traffic will be able to cross the new bridge by August.”

Have your say

"For once, I feel that I've had a decent outlay from my council tax and Workington has had a LOT of money spent on it."
Oh how grateful we must all be to the dithering council and their `experts.`
Only people power eventually got them motivated.
We were bombarded with one excuse after another by the councils both CCC and Allerdale.

Posted by edd on 2 March 2012 at 17:43

In reply to Dave Roberts, yes I do have quibbles, it could have been done faster, why did we have to get a petition to No 10 before they started to do anything, why have they gone for a 1 at a time approach? Surely Calva and the new bridge could have been worked on at the same time, why take 3 years? The people of Workington said right from the start that nothing was moving fast enough, I personally think that the Coucil (of the time) should be ashamed for taking so long. As to the contractors building the bridge (and those who built the others) along with the Army, big thumbs up we appreciate it.

Posted by Mark on 29 February 2012 at 15:43

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