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FM Conway to repair trio of Kent bridges

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FM Conway will carry out repair works to a trio of historic bridges in Rochester, Kent, during the next 18 months.

As part of the £8.5M contract, FM Conway will oversee vital refurbishments to all three bridges, including joint replacement work, lighting, surfacing and drainage repairs.

The oldest of the three bridges, the Grade II-listed Old Bridge, was constructed in 1914 and is a steel reconstruction of an original 1856 Victorian bridge, which itself replaced an earlier medieval crossing.

The 1970s New Bridge runs close to  the Old Bridge and is a steel and concrete structure. The Service Bridge sits between the two.

FM Conway structures director Matt Smith said: “This major refurbishment programme builds upon the [Rochester Bridge] Trust’s ongoing emphasis on planned maintenance and asset management – balancing day-to-day monitoring and repair with more significant interventions to ensure the bridges continue to provide a reliable and safe experience for road users.

“Under the Trust’s stewardship Rochester’s bridges have provided crossings over the River Medway for hundreds of years. We look forward to delivering this prestigious project to maintain the structures for future generations too.”

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