Bridge re­pairs get in the swing

RIVER WEAVER

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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.

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