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Archive July 31 - August 02 2000


The piling operation is still ongoing - preparing for the arrival of the steel work in early August.


Right and Below -

The non-vibrational piling machine at work. The piles here are being driven to a depth of 15 - 18 meters. These are filled with concrete and will take the weight of the steel support.

Below Right -

On the south side of the river some foundations will be made with these caison rings instead of driving piles into the ground. These will be sunk 3-4 metres and filled with concrete.

Left -

Filling the caison ring with concrete

NYCC Press Release 31-7-00


THE FOUR partners directly involved with the rebuilding of Mercury Bridge at Station Road, Richmond today (31-7-'00) pledged that the work would be completed as quickly as possible. The contract is still on schedule for the bridge to be fully reopened to traffic before the end of the year. It has been closed since early June when extensive flooding damaged the central pier and a large section of the bridge parapet fell into the River Swale.

Before full restoration it may be possible to reopen the bridge on a traffic-light system for pedestrians and light vehicles. A listed structure, the 150-year-old bridge carries the A6136 and is the main link between Richmond and Catterick Camp.

North Yorkshire County Council, which is responsible for the bridge is working in close co-operation with the contractors, Morrison PLC and Pell Frischmann Consultants, both of Wakefield, together with Mouchel North Yorkshire who will be acting as project managers. Steel girders will be used to support the bridge. By September Mercury Bridge should be supported and the major reconstruction should be underway.

Once the safety of the structure is secure a detailed assessment will be carried out to see if it is possible to run light traffic across it. Mike Moore, North Yorkshire’s director of environmental services, said: “I hope that the county council has been able to demonstrate its commitment to this vital project by the prompt award of the contract. We have developed a dynamic partnership which brings together the expertise of county council staff, the county's design c o n s u l t a n t s Mouchel North Yorkshire, the contractors Morrison PLC and the contractors designer Pell Frischmann.

"We all realise how important it is to have this river crossing working again as quickly as possible. We are all fully committed to the project."

David Bull, divisional director for Morrison said: "The severity of the damage, the age of the bridge, and flow of water has created an unusual structural problem which has required innovative engineering solutions and expertise to resolve."

Contact: Mike Moore at County Hall, ext 2124


WORK to restore Mercury Bridge in Richmond is still on schedule for completion by December according to North Yorkshire County Council.
The 150-year-old bridge, which is a listed structure, has been completely closed since damaged by flooding on the River Swale in early June. The bridge, on Station Road, carries the A6136 linking Richmond to Catterick Camp. A diversion has been extensively signposted and a free bus service linking the two communities is being provided by the county council.

The latest timetable shows:

Foundation work for the temporary arches which will support the bridge during its reconstruction should be completed by this Sunday, August 6 on the Catterick side and on the Richmond side by Sunday, August 13.

The arch support steelwork is being constructed. Four plate girders and 24 arching supports have been fabricated.

A 300-ton mobile crane will be used to install the support structure. Temporary access roads and crane foundations which will be needed on both sides of the river are being constructed.

Arch support work is programmed to be in place by the end of August.

Stone samples for the full reconstruction of the bridge have been chosen.

Mike Moore, director of environmental services for North Yorkshire, said: “Work is progressing as fast as possible on the bridge. Significant technical and safety issues have been overcome and the extensive preparatory and stabilisation works are now well advanced and remain on schedule.

"Design and advance works for the reconstruction are on-going. The people of Richmond can be assured that we remain on target on the projected completion date of December." Once the temporary support work is in place a detailed assessment will be carried out to see if the bridge can be opened for pedestrians and light traffic.

Contact: Mike Moore at County Hall, ext 2124

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