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Long awaited restoration to start on Sutton Weaver swing bridge
A NEW temporary crossing will replace the Sutton Weaver swing bridge linking Runcorn to Frodsham on Saturday, September 7.
Traffic will be diverted so that restoration can start on the 90-year-old bridge.
The work is due to be be completed by autumn 2014.
Access for pedestrians and cyclists will also be provided on a separate walkway attached to the new structure.
The project is a partnership between Cheshire West and Chester Council and the Canal & River Trust.
The move follows months of planning and weeks of complex civil engineering carried out by the Canal & River Trust’s contractors.
It will increase the life expectancy of the bridge by 50 years.
The Sutton Weaver Swing Bridge carries the A56 over the Weaver Navigation. Originally installed in 1924, the bridge is crucial to the 20,000 vehicles who use the bridge each day.
The works, which are needed to maintain the bridge’s current carrying capacity of 40 tonnes, will include a full replacement of the bridge deck and pedestrian walkways, as well as a repaint to restore its appearance and to protect the bridge fabric.
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