Further maintenance required at reopened Bath Bridge

February 25 2015  

Further maintenance required at reopened Bath Bridge

Work has recommenced on a pedestrian and cycle bridge refurbishment in Bath just weeks after the project was completed, following identification of defects in the structure’s new surface.

The Grade II listed Victoria Bridge, which spans the River Avon, was restored by Bath and North East Somerset Council’s contractor Balfour Beatty and officially reopened on 15 January.

“Some sections of the anti-slip treatment on the restored historic Victoria Bridge have come away from some of the timber decking planks beneath leaving an irregular surface finish. We are liaising closely with our contractor to resolve the issue,” a statement from the council read.

When asked for a comment, Balfour Beatty made it clear it agreed with this statement.

The problem arose as a result of glue between the surfacing and timber deck losing its bond, leaving the surfacing held in place by screws alone. The contractor is now in the process of refitting the surfacing using a different method.

“The bridge will remain open to the public at all times during the repair works and we will continue to monitor the situation closely with the safety of the public being our paramount concern,” the council’s statement added.

The bridge was built in 1836 and is an example civil engineer James Dredge’s patented ‘taper chain’ principle. It was closed in 2010 due to concerns about its strength and stability and a temporary truss was installed the following year, enabling pedestrians to cross the river again.

Work to refurbish the bridge began in 2014, which involved dismantling and reconstructing the metal superstructure.

(Photo: Balfour Beatty)

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