Road to close for three weeks for bridge main­te­nance

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A RU­RAL road be­tween Burscough and Mawdes­ley is due to be closed for three weeks for es­sen­tial main­te­nance to a bridge.

Wanes Blades Road and Mains Lane will not be avail­able as a through-route while work takes place to Wanes Blades Bridge where the two roads meet.

The clo­sure is due to be in place from Mon­day, Septem­ber 28 to Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 18 for all road users in­clud­ing pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists.

The bridge which car­ries the road over the River Dou­glas was orig­i­nally built in 1939, and work is needed to re­pair con­crete sup­ports at ei­ther end of the bridge, and paint metal parts to pro­tect against cor­ro­sion.

The re­pair project will take place over nine weeks from Septem­ber 14 to Novem­ber 13, how­ever engi­neers are able to carry out most of the work with­out clos­ing it to traf­fic.

While the clo­sure is in place ad­vanced signs will di­vert traf­fic be­fore it reaches the bridge, with a route suit­able for all ve­hi­cles in­clud­ing HGVs to be signed via

Par­bold, New­burgh, Ring O’Bells and Hoscar.

A shorter di­ver­sion for all ve­hi­cles is not pos­si­ble as many of the roads around Wanes Blades Bridge have other bridges with weight or height re­stric­tions on them.

County Coun­cil­lor Keith Id­don, cabi­net mem­ber for high­ways and trans­port, said: “Many of the his­toric bridges in this area have weight lim­its on them, and this work is vi­tal to en­sure Wanes Blade Bridge can con­tinue to be used by all ve­hi­cles in­clud­ing HGVs.

“This is a nar­row bridge, and some of the work can­not be car­ried out with­out clos­ing it to all traf­fic in­clud­ing pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists.

“We are aim­ing to keep the length of the clo­sure as short as pos­si­ble to min­imise in­con­ve­nience to peo­ple in this area. I’m grate­ful for peo­ple’s pa­tience while we carry out this work which should mean the bridge will not need any fur­ther main­te­nance on this scale for many years.”

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