Broad Bridge near Stableford – update (29 November 2017)
Broad Bridge near Stableford was closed to both traffic and pedestrians on an emergency basis in the early hours of Tuesday 28 November after a Heavy Goods Vehicle collided with the upstream parapet of the bridge resulting in severe damage to the bridge spandrel and parapet. The driver was taken to hospital.
We can confirm that he HGV was retrieved and removed from the embankment yesterday (Tuesday) lunchtime.
The bridge, which carries the B4176 road, will remain closed to traffic whilst temporary edge protection is installed at the bridge, and traffic is currently being diverted locally via the A442.
Temporary road edge protection has been ordered and will be installed this week by Shropshire Council’s contractor, Ringway. The retrieval of the stone from the watercourse and the erection of temporary traffic signals will be undertaken at the same time. On completion of these temporary works the road will be reopened under traffic light control until the permanent works are undertaken.
Shropshire Council’s consultant WSP will be carrying out a thorough inspection to confirm the condition of the rest of the bridge. This inspection will allow for the repair scheme to be designed and enable the new stone to be ordered.
Because of the bridge’s Grade II Listed status, WSP will be liaising with Shropshire Council’s Historic Environment Team throughout the design and repair process.
Due to the type of material used in the construction of the bridge the permanent repair will be programmed for spring 2018 and exact dates will be confirmed nearer the time. It will be necessary to close the bridge again at this time to allow the re-construction to be completed safely.
During this lead-in period WSP and Shropshire Council will work together with local businesses and property owners to design a suitable diversion route and signing scheme.