Interserve Press Office | Nov 05, 2019
A new bridge which will shape the future of Hull and connect key sites in the city across the A63 has been installed by Interserve Group Limited, the international support services, construction and equipment group.
The Highways England project, which is the first phase of the A63 Castle Street road improvement scheme, will help link the city’s marina with the southern end of Princes Quay Dock. Interserve Construction was awarded the £12m contract in September 2018.
The bridge, which was manufactured off-site, weighs 150 tonnes and is 60 metres long, was wheeled into place on 2 November 2019. When it opens next spring, the bridge will enable pedestrians and cyclists to cross over the busy dual carriageway while the removal of a pelican crossing will improve traffic flow on the busy A63.
The bridge is being part funded with a £4m contribution from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s local growth fund programme, secured through its growth deals with Government and part of the Government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse.
Highways England Project Manager Tom Peckitt said: “It is fantastic to see the bridge in place and for members of the public to see it in position. Our team worked exceptionally hard throughout the weekend to move the street furniture, prepare the route and position the bridge by wheeling it to its final destination. The team worked throughout the night after the installation to reopen the A63 15 hours ahead of schedule.”
Wayne Howell, Interserve Construction Divisional Director for Highways, said: “This project will deliver improved safety, better access to the marina area and reconnect the city centre with its waterfront and regenerated Fruit Market. Our work will also alleviate congestion on the A63 towards the Hull ferry terminal.
“Now the bridge is installed the team at Interserve Construction will now focus on the remaining work we need to do to complete the project which will include installing the ramps and stairs and completing the marina platform and landscaping. This project is a showcase of our capabilities and the innovation we can bring delivering key infrastructure projects.”
The bridge - which is covered by a curving steel canopy – will also have sheltered viewing balconies at each end which will give members of the public a space to enjoy the views of the city and waterfront.
Time-lapse footage which shows the bridge being moved into place is available to view here.
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