Talking West Cheshire

New Northwich Riversdale Bridge to be completed early November

27 September 2010

The new Northwich Connect2 Riversdale Bridge should be completed early November – less than 12 months after receiving planning permission.

The £1.1 million project involves a partnership which includes the Big Lottery, UK charity Sustrans, Cheshire West and Chester Council and Growth Point.

Councillor Herbert Manley, Executive Member for Prosperity, said: “Everyone involved has worked extremely hard and it is a testament to the success of the project that the bridge is likely to be completed in less than 12 months since planning permission was obtained.

“This has been a very complex piece of engineering and the Council has been working with main contractor Barhale.

“I know that local people and many school children and students are eagerly awaiting the opening of the swing bridge which is vital for this part of Northwich.”

Work on connecting pathways will be completed later this month and will not affect access to the bridge. Route signage work will also be undertaken.

Peter Foster, Sustrans North West Regional Director, said: “We are very pleased with the progress on the new swingbridge and look forward to its opening to the public later this year.”

All the mechanical piling work for the bridge has been completed, the A-frame has been fabricated and is on site, as well as the last pieces of the bridge structure. Decks are in place and cable stays holding the A frame are being fixed.

Site of the new Riversdale Bridge

Photo: Council Principal Regeneration Officer Andy Collins and Councillor Herbert Manley on site of the new Riversdale Bridge.