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Embattled 91-year-old lifting bridge closed again

Poole bridge

A string of issues that have blighted Poole’s 91-year-old lifting bridge will see it close again at the end of the month.

The bascule crossing, which provides a road link across the a busy boating channel, will be shut for a week after a string of mechanical problems were uncovered. 

The latest work will involve inspection and maintenance of gear boxes and drive motors, adding extra counterbalance weights, replacement of nose bolts and paint work to the superstructure. 

The closure is the third time the bridge has had to be closed in just two years. 

Cracks in the bridge’s concrete structure saw is shut originally in September 2016, with a £4.7m repair and rebuilding scheme expected to take nine months. Poor weather and problems with suppliers saw the closure stretch on for a total of 16 months until January 2018.

Earlier this summer the bridge was closed again following a fault with pedestrian gates.

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