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Archive August 15-17 2000
NYCC Press Release 16-8-00
WORK to complete the rebuilding of Mercury Bridge at Richmond is on schedule for early December senior engineers at North Yorkshire County Council have been told.
A meeting between the main contractors, Morrison Construction Ltd, and North Yorkshire County Council has shown that carrying out proper preparations for the site were a key part of the repair work.
Mike Moore, director of environmental services for North Yorkshire County Council, said: "There has been fantastic co-operation from everyone involved to reach the position we're now at. Some very impressive work has been done behind the scenes to progress the scheme as quickly as possible."
The damaged arches of the bridge must be supported before the repair to the stonework can begin. The steel support girders are now arriving on site and are being craned into position on the newly constructed temporary foundations in the river.
That work, which is already slightly ahead of schedule, should be completed by the end of August. Once the bridge is fully supported a detailed assessment will be carried out to determine the extent of the damage and the design requirements for the repair.
From September onwards it may be necessary to have one drilling rig working through the night. This will involve strengthening work to the central pier. Any noise and light intrusion will be kept to a minimum.
At that time an extensive risk assessment will also be carried out to see whether the bridge can be opened to pedestrians and light traffic. That may be possible by October.
Mr Moore said: "Thankfully it's not every day that we're having to repair a structure this old, but it is a really impressive working site and I would encourage anyone who wants to have a look to visit Richmond. There is a safe viewing area along The Batts and information boards have been installed."