Ouse bridge bearing replacement

Theresa Morley

Work to replace all 208 bearings on Ouse Bridge has been completed a year ahead of schedule. A hidden army of engineers have been working tirelessly under the bridge which carries 40,000 vehicles along the M62.

The completion of the work, which started in May 2018, allows the bridge to move in a controlled way during changes in temperature and weather. It is the first time the bearings have been replaced since the instantly-recognisable structure was unveiled in 1976.

With the new bearings now in place, all that’s left for the team to do is carry out a handful of minor tasks and replace the bridge parapet so a temporary 40mph speed limit along the M62 can be removed.

Work will start on Friday 5 June 2020 and is expected to be completed at the end of August. The hard shoulder and lane 1 will be closed on the westbound carriageway while this work is carried out and there will be an overnight closure at the beginning and end of the scheme to remove the traffic management. The eastbound carriageway will remain unaffected.

Diversion routes

Eastbound – leave the M62 at junction 36. Diverted traffic will follow the A614 over *Boothferry Bridge, turn right at the roundabout to continue on the A614 then re-join the M62 at junction 37.

Westbound – leave M62 at junction 37. Diverted traffic will follow the A614, turn left at the roundabout, follow the diversion over *Boothferry Bridge and then re-join the M62 at junction 36.

*There will be a 2-way manned temporary traffic lights over Boothferry Bridge.

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