A new road bridge has been under development near Clitheore. The work on this new bridge is progressing well. The bridge at the former Chatburn Station has been under construction and is scheduled to reopen on the 13th December. During the construction of this new bridge motorists have been instructed to follow a diversion. Pedestrians however have been able to cross the railway using a temporary footbridge which the council installed earlier this year.
This new bridge will replace the old bridge over the railway line, which was over 130years old and very rundown. During the building work a 1,200 tonne crane, one of the largest of its kind in the country, was used to lift new concrete bridge beams into place.
David Hurford, principle engineer at Lancashire County Council, said; “The new bridge has been designed to last for the next 120years and will also have stronger and higher parapets providing enhanced protection to the railway. During the last few weeks of construction there will still be a number of activities that need to be completed including waterproofing the deck, installing drainage at the back and reinstatement of the road and footway surfacing. Once the bridge is open, the utility pipes and cables serving Chatburn will be put back and the temporary footbridge taken down.”
Here at Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire we hope the final stages of this new bridge development are completed successfully and on time.