Bridge beams bring bypass a step closer for Lincoln

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Plans to minimise traffic congestion and support Lincoln’s growth as a principal urban centre took a step closer when two 107-tonne steel bridge beams to be used for rail lines over the Lincoln Eastern Bypass arrived in the city.

The beams, which were lifted onto the Washingborough Road site by a 750-tonne crane at the weekend, are a crucial piece of the 600-tonne rail bridge deck, which will support the Lincoln to Spalding rail lines over the Lincoln Eastern Bypass, a project part-funded by a £50m Central Government capital grant.

Cllr Richard Davies, executive member for highways and transport, said: “The beams that made their way to Lincoln this weekend are one of the longest loads transported in Lincolnshire for a bridge. In fact, each one is twice the length of a cricket pitch and over half the size of a Boeing 747’s wingspan.

“The journey from County Durham was a careful one for the delivery drivers, especially when they got to Washingborough Road, which we had to temporarily close to allow the delivery trailers space to manoeuvre and a crane to lift the beams onto site.

“I want to thank everyone who was affected by these closures and the two-way traffic signals over the weekend.”

Manufactured by Cleveland Bridge in Darlington along with all the other bridge sections, the bespoke 40m-long beams took six months to fabricate. The complete bridge deck will now be built on-site over two to three weeks using a 200-tonne crane.

Cllr Davies continued: “Now that the beams are in Lincoln, the on-site team will begin assembling the bridge deck ahead of it being slid into place under the rail line during late October, when Network Rail closes the Lincoln to Spalding line for 72 hours.

“The entire underbridge is expected to be completed during March 2018.

“Things are also progressing really well with the rest of the bypass and we’re still on track to have the entire road complete and open to road users by the end of 2019.”