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Race on for £90M bridge contract

Upper Orwell Crossing

Suffolk County Council is searching for a contractor to build three bridges in Ipswich as part of a £90M project.

The Upper Orwell Crossings project includes a new road crossing to the south of Wet Dock Island, a road crossing to connect the west bank to the dock, and an improved pedestrian and cycle bridge over the Prince Philip Lock to connect it to the east bank.

An application for development consent will be submitted in 2019 and the planning process will take around 15 months. Construction could start in late 2020 and will take up to three years.

Foster + Partners has been appointed as architect to the project and will present designs for a public consultation later this year.

The project has been funded by the Department for Transport’s Local Majors Fund. The proposal for three bridges was put forward after the council found a single crossing option would not fulfil the project objectives.  

A total of 18 crossing options were considered including other bridges, a ferry crossing, a tunnel and a cable car. 

The objective of the project is to enable the redevelopment of the Wet Dock Island, ensure the success of the waterfront, marina and port, regenerate the southern section of town, relieve congestion and improve connectivity between the south west and south east areas of the city. 

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