Large bridge sections were on the road this week as Balfour Beatty's £850,000 footbridge was hauled from Chepstow on the Welsh border to site on the River Medway at Maidstone. The three steel box decks, two 21m long and a third 28m central section, required a police escort for the route, which included crossing the Severn Bridge. Once on site the sections will be welded together by fabricator FairfieldMabey to form a 70m span and lifted into place over the Medway using a 500 tonne mobile crane. The lottery funded structure is designed by engineer Flint & Neill Partnership with architect Studio E for Maidstone Borough Council and has a 3.5m wide deck. The unusually slender design also has 2m diameter openings in the soffit to allow access to the box sections.
Construction of a second precast concrete bridge is to follow later in August. Both bridges will open next year.