Urgent repair works to Northwich’s historic Winnington Swing Bridge are coming to an end.
Due to conclude in mid-December, an overnight road closure will be needed to safely allow access to areas underneath the bridge that cannot be reached when it is open to traffic.
From 10pm on Friday 11th December until 5am on Saturday 12th December the bridge will be closed to vehicles.
Repairs to the mechanical parts of the bridge underneath have been brought forward to take advantage of the road closure.
Cheshire West and Chester Council and the Canal & River Trust are working closely together to minimise disruption to motorists during the repair works.
The council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for environment, highways and strategic transport said: “Work so far has not been visible to the public as it has been carried out underneath the bridge.
“A final road closure is needed for the next phase to complete the project. I’d like to thank residents for their patience and support while these are vital works are completed.
“Pedestrians will be able to cross the bridge at all times and will be safely directed away from the works.”
Richard Spencer, project team leader for the Canal and River Trust added: “This has been a significant project to secure the bridge structurally.
“Co-ordinating the mechanical repairs to coincide with removing the work equipment means that further closures can be minimised.”
The bridge carries the A533 road between Northwich and Barnton over the River Weaver Navigation.
The repairs should avoid the need for a longer, more disruptive closure in the future if the Grade II-listed, 110-year-old bridge’s condition was to deteriorate further.
Without the repairs a 7.5 tonne weight restriction would also have been necessary on the bridge.
In addition to. the work being carried out on Winnington Swing Bridge, the council has been exploring a business case for further improvements to the A533 Winnington corridor, including the viability of an additional river crossing.
More information will be made available early in the new year.