Glas­gow Street bridge side­lined

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS -

No stranger to struc­tural prob­lems and ex­tended clo­sures, the Glas­gow Street bridge finds it­self out of com­mis­sion again.

This time its loose deck boards that are the cul­prit, ren­der­ing the bridge un­safe.

Wool­wich’s en­gi­neer­ing depart­ment is cur­rently work­ing to get bids from com­pa­nies will­ing to carry out the re­pairs. Given the process, it’s likely to be late-June at the ear­li­est be­fore the struc­ture is re-opened, act­ing man­ager of en­gi­neer­ing Jared Puppe told coun­cil­lors meet­ing this week.

The sin­gle-lane struc­ture, built in 1886, is al­ready sub­ject to height and weight re­stric­tions, and has been a grow­ing prob­lem in re­cent years. In the longer term, Wool­wich will have to make tougher de­ci­sions about the aging struc­ture, in­clud­ing shut­ting it down com­pletely, re­strict­ing it to just horse-drawn bug­gies and pedes­tri­ans, or re­plac­ing it with a new bridge.

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