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Archive October 15-27 2000

15/10 - Stonemasons tidying up the stone on the bridge ready for the new stone pictured


Left - The cofferdam around the remains of the central pier. This allows a 'dry area' around the base of the pier so work can continue on the foundations.


Above right & left - Steel reinforcements being assembled inside the cofferdam. This will be shuttered off and filled with concrete. The new stone will then be built up on the outside.

27/10  Left - The new concrete pier ready to take the stone that will form the rest of the pier on the outside. The stonework will start next week (beg. 30/10)

 

 

27/10  Right - Richmond MP William Hague visits the site. Pictured here with Mike Moore from NYCC.

NYCC Press Release 11-10-00

DETAILED repairs to the stonework of Mercury Bridge at Richmond are due to start next Wednesday - October 18.

The stone needed to repair the central pier and parapet of the bridge is currently being cut to size. Some of the stonework needed for the detailed repairs has been already delivered to the site.

The continuing bad weather, leading to high river levels, has further held up the installation of the steel dam - cofferdam. This is designed to create a dry working area while repairs to the central pier are completed.

Mike Moore, North Yorkshire County Council's director of environmental services, said: "River levels have been too high to continue with some of the work, but we are still on schedule to have it fully reopened to traffic in December. It is an extremely tight schedule, but as we have demonstrated already with the opening of the temporary bridge, we will be working flat out to meet our target."

As well as carrying pedestrians the temporary bridge will cope with vehicles of less than 7.5tonnes. The traffic is single line controlled by traffic lights and there is a maximum width restriction of 2.4metres.

Vehicles over 7.5tonnes and wider than 2.4metres will have to continue using the signed diversion route.

The county council will continue to provide a free bus service linking both sides of the river until the bridge is fully reopened to traffic.

11-10-'00
Contact:Mike Moore at County Hall, ext 2124

NYCC Press Release 27-10-00

MERCURY BRIDGE LATEST

PROGRESS continues to be made towards the re-opening of the Mercury Bridge at Richmond with masonry work ready to start on the central pier.

Despite construction problems at foundation level, caused by recent flooding and high river levels, which resulted in a 10 day delay to operations, a massive effort has ensured the bridge is still on schedule for its full reopening in December.

Following an inspection visit to the site, English Heritage engineers commended the work being undertaken saying it is consistent with the aims of conservation and praised 'the amount of care and ingenuity that has been shown'.

Mike Moore, North Yorkshire County Council's director of environmental services, said: "Keeping the project on target to complete the bridge reconstruction by December has meant working seven days a week and often sixteen hours a day during the last three weeks.

"The county c o u n c i l is committed to achieving the reconstruction as planned and is pleased with the progress made by Morrisons, despite river conditions causing considerable extra effort to be made." The temporary bridge, opened earlier this month to light traffic and pedestrians, is operating well with no problems being reported.

The county council will continue to provide a free bus service linking both sides of the river until the bridge is fully reopened to traffic.

27-10-00
Contact: Mike Moore at County Hall, ext 2124

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