The construction of a temporary bridge in flood-ravaged Workington in Cumbria is close to completion and set to be open for use on Monday.
This morning sees a team of Royal Engineers assembling the final two pairs of 17 3m long prefabricated steel truss panels which are being braced together to form the temporary bridge. Later today, the main bridge section will be pushed across the river, guided at the front by 12 lightweight truss sections acting as a “nose”.
“They are putting the last two bays on now and they look to land the nose on the far bank early this afternoon,” said Royal Engineer senior engineer Major Grant Kerr.
“They are putting the last two bays on now and they look to land the nose on the far bank early this afternoon.”
Major Grant Kerr, Royal Engineers
Once this is done, said Kerr, all that remains is to secure the bridge on abutments and install street furniture such as ramps to optimise the structure for use by pedestrians. The Mabey Bridge Compact 200 panel bridge used on this project is typically used as a military logistics support bridge rather than for civilians.
Kerr said the construction is happening on schedule to be open for use by Workington residents on Monday morning.
The town was left disconnected after November’s severe floods caused devastating damage to the Calva Bridge, a vital connection across the River Derwent