Bridge repairs get in the swing
THE MASSIVE Acton Swing Bridge, which crosses the Weaver Navigation in Cheshire, is pictured with work in progress on one half of the deck to safeguard the historic structure for the future, while on the other side, temporary traffic lights allow the traffic on the busy A49 trunk road to keep moving using a single lane.
The £1.5m repair work to the 84-year-old structure, funded by Cheshire West & Cheshire Council, is the latest in a series of overhauls to historic swing-bridges over the river which has also included bridges at Sutton Bridge and Northwich. It involved complete refurbishment of the bridge deck including replacement of corroded steel sections and strengthening to the underside. In April the works reached the point where scaffolding could be removed allowing the bridge to swing open, enabling temporary 2.5m headroom limit for boats to be lifted and works are due for completion by July.