A52 Clifton Bridge repair scheme
This is essential repair work to protect the A52 Clifton Bridge in Nottingham ensuring it can be used for years to come.
We’ve already been carrying out repairs to drainage systems, steel and concrete underneath the bridge.
Alongside that activity, we’ve also been carrying out detailed design work and analysis to shape our repairs programme on the bridge. This substantial work will see the installation of new steel cables placed on the outside of the bridge allowing for easier maintenance in the future. We will also be repairing steel and concrete which has been damaged by water over the years or removed during investigations. More than 100 people are working to repair the bridge and we’re doing everything we can to get this work done as safely and as quickly as possible.
We currently have temporary traffic measures in place on the bridge so that motorists can drive over the road while allowing our repair teams to work safely away from passing vehicles.
The major works are taking place under and within the bridge. We are also working near to public footpaths.
Lane closures, which are necessary for the safety of motorists and our workforce, are in place and will affect traffic and journey times.
Clifton Bridge was built in the 1970s. It is subject to regular maintenance and inspection activity, most of which is unseen by the public or passing motorists. During February 2020, the structure was undergoing planned concrete repairs which had been identified during a routine inspection last year (2019). While this work was taking place, our team were able to investigate the steel underneath the road and this investigation work uncovered the need for further repairs to the steel works, as a result of water damage.
While the structure remains safe, we’ve taken the precautionary measure of putting in place some traffic restrictions across the top of the bridge to prevent the need for further and more disruptive repairs in the future. These restrictions will also allow our teams to work safely underneath the structure. We’re looking at a phased approach to repairs which should allow us to open further lanes as soon as possible.
The aims of this scheme are to:
- install new steel cables to the outside of the structure as part of the substantial repair programme
- repair concrete and drainage systems
- reinstate the structure to its full traffic capacity with all lanes back open to traffic