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New M62 bridge completed

The new Whitechapel Bridge across the M62 in West Yorkshire has been completed

The scheme was project managed by A-one+, a joint venture comprising Costain, Colas and Halcrow as part of an Area 12 MAC contract.

Whitechapel Bridge carries the busy B6120 and connects the town of Cleckheaton and the village of Scholes, which were cut off from each other for nearly a year while the new bridge was under construction.

Work started on the scheme in February 2010 with the diversion of utilities away from the old structure, including a £1.5M water sewer diversion. Once all the telephone, electric, gas and water services were diverted from the existing bridge, the main works started in August.

The previous bridge comprised 32 individual pre-cast concrete beams with an insitu reinforced concrete deck, arranged in four spans across the M62 on three piers.

The bridge suffered from alca-silica attack, particularly around the half joints, which made any future maintenance simply unviable. The only option was to replace the bridge.

Readers' comments (1)

  • I passed this site in despair over the whole construction period. Almost 10-12 months to complete a simple bridge even after all services diversion works were completed!

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