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Below is a full photographic record of the reconstruction of Mercury(Station) Bridge.
- 14 July 2000 - 3,000 tonnes of stone is placed in the river, test bore holes drilled.
- 22 July 2000 - Foundations for steel support, ground preparation.
- 31 July 2000 - Piling operation/preparations for steel work
- 12-14 August 2000 - Piling operations/foundations almost complete
- 15-17 August 2000 - 300 tonne crane and support steel arrive and are manoeuvred into place
- 23-31 August 2000 - The support structure in place, surveys of the bridge commence - preparation for piling into central pier
- 09-17 September 2000 - Piling operation begins from the top of the bridge
- 22-31 September 2000 - Piling operation starts at the foot of the central pier - work area flooded
- 01 October 2000 - Piling operation complete - preparation for temporary bridge
- 05-10 October 2000 - Opening of the bridge to light traffic - central pier damaged foundations revealed
- 15 Oct-03 Nov 2000 - Cofferdam in place - new stone arrives. 27/10 Visit by William Hague MP - 03/11 Flooding slows work
- 10-22 Nov 2000 - Stonework starts on the central pier. Costs go up to £2m
- 24-30 Nov 2000 - The central pier complete - work on the arches commences.
- 03-07 Dec 2000 - Stonework on the arches makes progress.
- 08 - 17 Dec 2000 - Stonework on the arches almost complete. Concrete infilling starts. Bat roosts made. Preparation for opening.
- 21 Dec 2000 - Bridge open fully to traffic.
- Jan 2001 - A closer look at the new stone.
- April-May 2001 - The reinstatement of the site begins.
- June 2001 - One year later - anti-scouring measures and flood channels created with new footpaths.
- July 2001 - South side reinstatement work completed.