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Thursday, 4 March 2021

A52 Clifton Bridge update: Highways Agency deploy boats to keep workers safe as they operate over the River Trent

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Highways England is using safety boats as the work moves onto scaffolding erected underneath Clifton Bridge directly over the River Trent.

Highways England said:

‘Our ambition is to restore the original traffic layout with all lanes back open to drivers as soon as we can.

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‘There will be some occasional overnight work, and we may have to temporarily close the bridge again to carry out repair work.

‘The repair work has now moved onto the section of bridge which crosses the River Trent.

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Engineers working over water at Clifton Bridge

‘This means that we are now able to remove the section of traffic management from the B679 Clifton Lane.

‘There are still some small pieces of work that will require closure of this section of road, but for most of the time Clifton Lane will be restored to four lanes.

‘Anyone walking beneath the bridge will also see our engineers working from scaffolding suspended over water. This is something we do not often see, and is an example of the specialist engineering services provided by our contractor, VSLBouygues.’

‘As well as working to repair Clifton Bridge, we have been conducting a thorough investigation of the whole structure.

‘These investigations have found that additional repairs are needed, and that our work is likely to continue into autumn 2021.

‘We appreciate that the roadworks are disruptive, and we would like to assure you that we’ll do all we can to complete the works sooner.’