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Video footage shows challenges of repairing A52 Clifton Bridge in Nottingham

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Unseen to passing motorists, new video footage released by Highways England shows the confined space specialists are working in underneath the A52 Clifton Bridge in Nottingham.

Unseen to passing motorists, new video footage released by Highways England shows the confined space specialists are working in underneath the A52 Clifton Bridge in Nottingham.

 

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Detailed inspections and survey work have been taking place round the clock inside the structure over the past week.

Now those preliminary checks have been completed, a programme of repair work is being drawn up which is likely to see limited lanes running in the eastbound direction for the remainder of this year.

While those details are being finalised, Highways England is doing everything it can to get more lanes open as quickly and as safely as possible and is urging motorists to leave extra time for their journeys.

Highways England regional director, Catherine Brookes, said: “Firstly, we just want to reiterate how grateful we are for everyone’s patience while we carry out this vital repair work. We feel the pain as well and we have family and friends living and working in Nottingham who have also been disrupted. We know that this route is used by tens of thousands of motorists every day and we know how important it is to people.

“That is why we continue to work round the clock to run calculations and assess the damage in greater detail, so we can get additional traffic using the bridge when it is safe to do so.

“Our teams are still working to assess the structure and indications show that a programme of repairs will likely see work continue under the road for the remainder of this year.

“We know that nobody likes roadworks and we’d like to reassure people that we’re aiming to get additional lanes back open as soon as we can.

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Highways England is repairing corroded steel underneath the A52 Clifton Bridge.

“It’s really important that we don’t cause any further damage to the road or the structure in that process and we need to be methodical to avoid more disruptive roadworks in the future.

“We’d once again like to say a huge thank you to the people of Nottingham for their continued understanding while we do this vital repair work.”

Highways England is continuing to work closely with local authorities and emergency services to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum.

At present, engineers are working in hollow ‘boxes’ underneath the road to carry out further checks of damaged steel and concrete, as shown in the video.

With no light and humidity in this part of the bridge, images show the challenges faced by Highways England workers.

This task is difficult and painstaking. There is limited light and access points and with the heat and humidity a factor during the work, it is more akin to working in a deep mine.

Highways England has a fully equipped, trained and competent mines rescue team on-site ready to assist in the unlikely event of an incident.

With the challenges that the access issues present, it’s also incredibly important that effective and efficient planning takes place to make sure the process of getting material in to repair the affected area is seamless.

And don’t forget, after the concrete has been subject to the demolition process, in its waste form along with the water that was used in the process, it has to be removed from the chamber and subsequently taken away from site to an approved disposal facility.

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