Construction Enquirer NewsRead MoreWork to start on A533 Expressway bridge replacement next year

Highways England and Amey Sir Robert McAlpine have signed a £23m contract for the A533 Expressway Bridge Replacement scheme in the North West.

The existing 70m span bridge, which carries the A533 Expressway over the M56 motorway has reached the end of its life and needs to be replaced with a new two-span structure.

This will be constructed adjacent to the existing bridge. AmeySRM will start work in earnest in spring 2021, with the scheme due for completion in Summer 2022.

Robert Allen, Framework Partnership Director for AmeySRM, said: “Our combined skills in bridge engineering, road maintenance and above all, safety will be invaluable in delivering all elements of this exciting project, from design and demolition to construction.”

To ensure that the works cause minimal disruption, the main concrete bridge deck will be assembled offline in a nearby compound, then transported and lowered into its final position using a self-propelled modular transporter.

Once the replacement bridge has been opened to traffic, the existing structure will be demolished and the area fully reinstated.

AmeySRM is currently working on the construction of a £43m overhaul of junction 19 of the M6, with a new bridge through the existing roundabout and over the M6, creating a better flow between the motorway and the A556.

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