Contractor Hochtief will begin construction of the Evesham the replacement Abbey Bridge after the Department for Transport granted funding yesterday.
Local transport minister Norman Baker gave final approval to fund £5.6M of the total £8.2M scheme which involves replacing a weakened viaduct between B4035 Waterside and the A4181 Cheltenham Road.
The existing bridge and viaduct is in poor condition with a 7.5T weight limit. Consultant Atkins has designed the new scheme with the same overall lengths as existing structures – the bridge is 35.5m long and the viaduct is 147.5m long.
But the carriageways will be widened with the roadway increasing from 9.0m to 10.95m wide and the footway from 1.6m to 2.0m.
“This excellent scheme will restore the full capacity of this important route and provide a boost to the local economy by ensuring that access to the town centre for bus passengers and lorries is maintained,” said Baker.
The new crossing is due to open in December 2013