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Winterburn Bridge – planned road closure now delayed until from 9 March 2020 for up to 20 weeks

Related topics: Community / Highways, transport and environmental maintenance

Winterburn Bridge will be closed for up to 20 weeks now from Monday 9 March 2020 (not Monday 2 March as previously planned/announced) to enable a new bridge to be constructed. The delay is due to serious flooding.

Winterburn Bridge collapsed in 2007, the remains of the bridge were removed and a temporary piped culvert installed to enable the road to be reopened to traffic.

The bridge carries an unclassified road over the Winterburn Brook, from Overton junction to The Baytree junction near Neenton.

In order to ensure the bridge’s future, the bridge is being rebuilt with a permanent structure.  Work to rebuild the bridge will commence on 9 March now, and is expected to take up to 20 weeks to complete: this is due to the depth of excavation required to rebuild the bridge.

Due to the nature of the repair works, a full road closure and diversion route will be in place for the duration of the works. When the bridge is closed traffic will be diverted via Oldfield, Neenton and Wrickton. A formal diversion route will be signed at Baytree, Cleobury North, Oldfield and Overton. The diversion route will be monitored for the duration of the works by the contractor and Shropshire Council.

Access through the works will be available for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists, with a temporary footbridge provided for this purpose.

The construction work will be undertaken by Freyssinet UK, and supervised by the council’s term consultant WSP.

Steve Davenport, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways and transport, said:-

“It is appreciated that the bridge closure will cause some inconvenience, and everyone involved will do all that they reasonably can to reopen it as soon as possible.”