Corporation Road Bridge restoration works to start a month late
A start date has now been confirmed for the major restoration works set to take place on Corporation Road Bridge.
Work will now start on Tuesday 19 April despite the council previously stating that works would begin in late March 2022.
The works are expected to take up to 18 months to complete.
According to the council, officers are in the final stages of appointing a specialist contractor who will carry out the works.
A diversion route will also be put in place while the bridge is closed to traffic.
Motorists wishing to cross to the west side of the bridge (Sainsbury’s side) will be directed from Westgate roundabout, down Pyewipe Road, and onto Corporation Road. Larger vehicles will be asked to straddle both lanes at the traffic signals.
Those heading to the east side of the bridge will be directed to the Lockhill roundabout.
Signage will be placed at several points, including at Lockhill roundabout, Westgate roundabout, Victoria Street South, and at the Corporation Road/Pyewipe Road junction.
Motorists, including HGV traffic, are strongly encouraged to follow the official signed diversion route to minimise disruption around the network.
The council has also decided to place temporary traffic lights at the junction of Alexandra Road and Frederick Ward Way following feedback from a recent survey.
These signals will be removed between June and August to assist with traffic flow during additional works in the area.
Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: “Corporation Road Bridge is a key landmark in Grimsby Town Centre and the Heritage Action Zone. These refurbishment works are going to safeguard this iconic landmark for many years to come and be a key contributor to the ongoing regeneration works in this area.
“We are committed to bringing the bridge back to its former glory and will continue to engage with Historic England and local heritage and historical experts.”
The Corporation Bridge refurbishment is a £4.967m scheme – funded by £2.967m from the Department for Transport, £1.83m from the council’s capital spend, and a further £170,000 from the Local Transport Fund.