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Network Rail has announced that wor is underway to install a temporary bridge over the railway on the A814 Dumbarton Road in Old Kilpatrick.
The condition of the existing bridge is getting worse and is no longer fit for purpose.
A temporary solution is required to maintain the flow of traffic on this section of road without the need to introduce weight restrictions.
It will be in place until a full demolition and reconstruction of the existing structure can be scheduled.
The new structure will sit over the existing one on two new foundations. Ramps will also be constructed at either side.
The temporary bridge represents an investment of £1m to maintain this important road link.
Work of this scale cannot be delivered without closing the road and the ‘bailey bridge‘ will be installed during 10 days of continuous 24 hours working from Thursday 6th February.
Ahead of the full road closure – which will be in place from 10 pm on Thursday 6th February until 6 am on Monday 17th February, traffic management will be in place on the road. Traffic management will also be in place following the road closure until completion of the project at the end of March.
What did the officials say?
Andy Sinclair, Network Rail programme manager for the bridge replacement work, said:
“We know that Dumbarton Road is a busy road and an important route for local traffic and we do not take the decision to request its closure lightly.
“While it is unusual for us to install a temporary structure in these circumstances, the condition of the existing bridge meant that doing nothing was not an option as this would have led to weight and speed restrictions and potentially greater inconvenience for road users.
“We understand the impact that the work will have for both road users and those communities adjacent to the bridge works. However, this is the most efficient and safest way to undertake the work required to install the temporary bridge.
“We apologise for any inconvenience and are grateful for the patience of road users during this work.”
This article first appeared on www.railadvent.co.uk
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