New Garth Lane footbridge to be transported into Grimsby next week

New Garth Lane footbridge to be transported into Grimsby next week

The new footbridge that will span the River Freshney at Garth Lane is set to be transported into Grimsby next week.

The 37m long transporter, on which the bridge’s main frame will sit, will be accompanied by a police escort during its journey through North and North East Lincolnshire. The bridge’s masts and decorative pieces will be carried separately.

The bridge was fabricated in North Yorkshire by SH Structures Ltd, and was then painted its eye-catching shade of indigo blue in Scunthorpe.

With the painting work now complete, it will be ready for transportation on Monday 22 March, via a route along the A180 and then a back route into Garth Lane.

To accommodate the transporter, householders in the area will be required to move any parked vehicles, and will be notified by the haulage company to do so.

On Tuesday 23 March, the bridge will be lifted into position, but it will still take several weeks for it to become open to the public.

Until the major installation works are complete, the main footpath diversion will remain in place.

North East Lincolnshire Council leader Cllr Philip Jackson said: “What a sight this will be. To have attracted the grant award to help us to carry out all this work here is fantastic and with the recent Budget announcement about the Towns Fund monies, such work is set to continue.”

According to the Council website, the £3.5m regeneration work on the area is progressing well.

In addition to the bridge, the regeneration works also include granite-clad concrete seating and steps down to the water’s edge, landscaping, new seating upcycled from the old willow tree, and brand-new paving decorated with wind turbine blades, to reflect the town’s emerging role in renewable energy.

The work on Garth Lane is managed by ENGIE and supported by £1.3m secured by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, with funding released as part of the Grimsby Town Deal.

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