Highways England update on the progress of the A52 Clifton Bridge repairs.
A spokesperson said:
‘In January 2021, we started work on the Northern half of the bridge. This is the more difficult section to access over the River Trent.
‘To carry out work, we’ve put a large scaffolding system in place to help access underneath the bridge.
‘You may not be able to see them when driving over the bridge, but we have many people working underneath it.
‘As part of the work underneath the bridge we’re also:
> Fixing a new strengthening system under the bridge. This will make it easier to access for any future maintenance.
> Installing technology to allow us to check the bridge remotely. This will remove the need for intrusive surveys that need traffic management. We’ll still carry out routine inspections on the rest of the bridge as and when needed.
> While we have lanes closed, we’re also taking the opportunity to carry out other maintenance work. We would have needed to carry out this work at some point in the future and needed more traffic management.
‘This work includes:
re-waterproofing the bridge deck
resurfacing the carriageway
relining the road markings
improvements to the drainage.
This work further reduces the risk of water damaging the structure. We’re using existing lane closures across the bridge to make sure we can do this work safely.
We assure you that we’re working hard to complete the work as quickly and safely as possible.’
Work is still schedules to finish in Autumn 2021 – work started in February 2020.