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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

August 2000

  • 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

September 2000

October 2000

  • 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

November 2000

  • 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.

December 2000

  • 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.

January 2001

  • Jan 2001 - A closer look at the new stone.

April 2001

June 2001

  • June 2001 - One year later - anti-scouring measures and flood channels created with new footpaths.

July 2001

  • July 2001 - South side reinstatement work completed.
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