Port Hill Bridge to open early

Porthill footbridge, which crosses the River Severn in Shrewsbury's Quarry Park, is due to reopen this Thursday evening (July 12th 2012) – more than a week ahead of the original schedule – following an extensive scheme of work to repair and refurbish the bridge over the last few months.

The recent work has involved carrying out repairs to the bridge’s structural steelwork, grit blasting and repainting the whole bridge. The bridge has also had a stunning new timber deck.  To enable the work to be carried out, the bridge has also been completely encased in complex scaffolding throughout the work.

The innovative ferry service which has been operated by Sabrina Boat since the bridge closed in March 2012 will come to an end on Thursday evening as a result. However there are plans in the pipeline to resurrect the ferry for certain events taking place in the Quarry Park throughout the year.

Simon Jones, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member responsible for bridge maintenance, said ‘‘This was essential work which needed to be carried out to enable the bridge to remain open in the long-term.  I’m really pleased that, despite the wet spring, the bridge will be reopened over a week ahead of schedule.”

Andrew Bannerman, Shropshire Councillor for the Quarry and Coton Hill ward added “This is excellent news for this busy pedestrian and cycle route.  Finishing the work on time and budget and in this weather, is a great achievement and my thanks go to all concerned.”

The refurbishment work has been carried out by McPhillips (Wellington) Ltd, who were supervised by Shropshire Council’s term contract consultant, Mouchel.  It is estimated that the completed work will cost approximately £575,000.

The bridge was originally scheduled to be reopened on 20 July 2012.
 

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