After seven months work by Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP) and their contractors, Ruckhall Bridge will re-open to traffic on 1 September 2014.
Despite severe access difficulties and adverse weather during the early part of the work, the failed wing wall has been completely rebuilt to current standards and clad in stone to preserve the appearance of this listed structure
A further 20m long section of retaining wall supporting the road on the northern approach to the bridge has been robustly reinforced and clad in stone. This was achieved using a system of ties and plates that avoided the need to reconstruct the existing wall
Kerbing and highway drainage have been added to protect the structure going forward. The road has also been re-fenced and resurfaced in the vicinity of the bridge.
BBLP has worked closely with the local community to deliver a high quality piece of work in keeping with the grade 2 listed bridge structure.
Residents of Ruckhall village welcomed the news. Ray Christopher, chairman of the parish council, said “We are very pleased to see the work completed and the bridge re-opened. The patience shown and the time and effort from local residents during the whole process is much appreciated. We are grateful to Balfour Beatty and their contractors for all of their work in what has been a complex project.”
While Ruckhall Lane has been closed BBLP has taken the opportunity to carry out minor highway improvements to the south of the bridge