Works expected to start on Corporation Bridge this month
Works on the historic Corporation Bridge in Grimsby are set to start later this month once a tender is awarded the contract.
The £5 million scheme is set to begin at the end of March, closing the bridge to pedestrians and motorists alike.
North East Lincolnshire Council announced the plan last year, with multiple contractors submitting bids to carry out the works.
Although a date has not yet been set for when works will begin, they are expected to take a staggering 18 months.
A public consultation held as West Marsh Community Centre saw details of the planned refurbishment.
A proposed diversion would take traffic along Frederick Ward Way and on to Alexandra Road.
Highways chiefs will assess whether a system of traffic lights will be needed at the junction of Frederick Ward Way and Alexandra Road to cope with the increase in traffic.
The junction of Pyewipe Road, Boulevard Avenue, and Corporation Road would see increased traffic due to the road closure.
The council previously stated: “The Corporation Bridge refurbishment is a £4.967m scheme – funded by £2.967m from the Department for Transport, £1.83m set aside by the Council and a further £170,000 from the Local Transport Fund.
“Known for its stature and a visual symbol of the town’s roots, the bridge falls within Grimsby’s Heritage Action Zone. The zone covers a 2.5km stretch from 17-19 Wellowgate to the Kasbah and has been designated specially because it contains historic buildings and structures.
“Engineers are working closely with Historic England and others to ensure the bridge will be fit for purpose and a benefit to North East Lincolnshire’s residents.
“The council is working closely with Historic England to ensure the work conforms to its Listed Bridge requirements.”