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Delays to reopening of dilapidated Faversham Creek swing bridge could last weeks

Contributed by editor on Dec 30, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Faversham Swing Bridge Photo: KCC

 

Kent County Council has said the current situation with the Faversham Creek bridge will mean the reopening of Bridge Road has been moved until after the Christmas period.


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In a statement by KCC it says: “Due to the dilapidation of the bridge abutments, a larger temporary bridge is required to span over a greater distance. The design of this longer structure demands that extensive work is required to the existing road ends to ensure it could be installed and used safely.

“The recent adverse weather has also prevented key enabling activities to be undertaken which has contributed to the decision to reschedule.

“Fortunately, the weather had not prevented the laying of the bitumen path to Flood Lane and this work is now complete, along with additional pedestrian lighting and a sandbag footway to the entrance of the superstore. It is hoped that now this key pedestrian route is more accessible and available it will become a well-used link to and from the town centre.


“In terms of reopening Bridge Road, our plan will see the main preparatory work to restore the bridge starting on 6th January 2020. Following the curing of concrete to achieve the correct strength, the temporary bridge itself is scheduled to be installed from Monday 13th January. It is expected that this will take around three days and it is anticipated that all works will be complete by 20th January.

“Meanwhile, we are compiling the results of the structural reports into the condition of the existing bridge structure, which will assist in deciding the future plans for the permanent bridge itself."

KCC has apologised for the continued delay to the reopening the bridge and any unintended impact upon the local community. 

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