I am writing to provide you with a brief update on our work to replace the bridge deck at Storesbrook, near Ledbury.
As you know, work began on site in early January and, overall, it has progressed extremely well, with off-site construction enabling the site to be prepared while the new deck was constructed in a factory and then lifted into place.
Storms Gareth and Hannah caused some weather delays and we’ve also experienced some unexpected working restrictions on site. This means that some steps that we hoped to complete at the same time have had to be re-sequenced one after another. This will take additional time and, while it may have been possible for the team to make up the weather delays, it will not be possible to recover the time for consecutive works.
While an April 5 opening date cannot be achieved, we are optimistic of a mid-April opening of the bridge to traffic. There are a number of weather dependent steps still to complete, including concrete pours and waterproofing, and we hope the weather remains favourable. We will, of course, share the precise opening date with all concerned as soon as it is possible to do so.
Linzy Outtrim PhD
Stakeholder Manager | Balfour Beatty | Services | Living Places