A major road bridge in Liverpool is likely to be demolished after inspectors discovered massive structural problems, the city’s mayor has claimed.
It comes after the announced that the Churchill Way flyover, which is a major route from the north of Liverpool into its city centre, would be closed for six months so urgent safety checks could be conducted.
While insisting that there was no danger the flyover would collapse, Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson did confirm that it was likely that the structure will have to be demolished.
Anderson also claimed that Liverpool City Council was awaiting more detailed assessments of the structure while admitting the closure will “cause real problems”.
When the flyover was first built in the 1960s, they did not incorporate inspection chambers to enable engineers to check inside.
Tests carried out earlier this year revealed that the bridge may be heavier than initially thought as concrete poured into it six decades ago had burst from the formwork.
James Noakes, the Liverpool City Council cabinet member for highways said: “The Churchill Way fly-over is a unique design and over time that has led to some unique challenges which the council has been monitoring for the past few decades.
“This most recent survey we commissioned has now revealed certain elements of the structure cannot be guaranteed as safe – which given its age and past history is not surprising – and with any risk we cannot take any chances.
“Now we need to establish the severity of that risk and the only right and proper thing to do is to close the structure to allow engineers to carry out more detailed inspections.”
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