Friday 7 Feb 2020
Greenock bridge refurbishment progressing well
- Region & Route:
- Scotland’s Railway: Scotland
Work to refurbish the railway bridge over the B788 at Dellingburn Street in Greenock is progressing well and will be complete by the end of March 2020.
The refurbishment of the bridge is part of a wider, rolling programme of maintenance work on structures which is designed to extend their lifespan and keep the network safe and reliable. It represents and investment of circa £1m to protect and prolong the life of the bridge.
Work on the bridge, near Morrisons in the town, includes improving the drainage and clearing adjacent vegetation, strengthening girders, repairing masonry, blast cleaning and repairing the metalwork, applying corrosion protection and painting.
While it was hoped to complete the work earlier than programmed, the volume of steel repairs required on the structure was more than was anticipated meaning the work will be ongoing until the end of March.
To complete the remaining work safely and efficiently, the road needs to remain closed and the scaffolding in place as we work on the structure. Pedestrian and cycle access is maintained throughout the road closure.
Suzanne McKay, Network Rail project manager, said: “We know that Dellingburn Street is a busy road and an important route for local traffic and we hoped to deliver the work earlier than the 20 weeks programmed to minimise disruption.
“While this was already a logistical challenge, the volume of steel repairs uncovered when the structure was grit-blasted was more than we hoped. We will continue to work around-the-clock to complete the water-proofing and painting on the structure and then remove the scaffolding.
“We thank everyone for their continuing patience and look forward to completing the work and unveiling the newly refurbished structure.”
If you have any questions about this work you can contact Network Rail’s 24 hour national helpline on 03457 11 41 41. For latest information and progress updates follow on twitter @NetworkRailScot
Notes to Editors
The full road closure at Dellingburn Street will remain in place until 23rd March.
The road will re-open with single lane only from 23rd – 30th March (or until completion of work if earlier).
An ‘All vehicle’ diversion route is place throughout the road closure. It runs via Regent Street / Sir Michael Street / High Street / Dalrymple Street and Rue End Street.
An ‘All vehicle’ diversion route is required to accommodate the largest vehicles which normally use the closed road. However, other streets may be appropriate for smaller vehicles.
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