Interserve Construction installs new landmark bridge in Hull

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Interserve Group Limited has installed a new bridge that crosses the A63 and will enable key sites in Hull to be connected, shaping the future of the city

The bridge, part of the Highways England project, was manufactured off-site and was wheeled into place. It weighs 150 tonnes and is 60 metres long.

When it opens next spring the bridge will enable pedestrians and cyclists to cross over the busy dual carriageway, while the removal of a pelican crossing will improve traffic flow on the busy A63.

The Highways England project, which is the first phase of the A63 Castle Street road improvement scheme, will help link the city’s marina with the southern end of Princes Quay Dock.

Interserve Construction was awarded the £12m contract in September 2018.

Highways England project manager, Tom Peckitt, said: “It is fantastic to see the bridge in place and for members of the public to now see it in position.

“Our team worked exceptionally hard throughout the weekend to move the street furniture, prepare the route and position the bridge by wheeling it to its final destination. The team worked throughout the night after the installation to reopen the A63 15 hours ahead of schedule.”

Wayne Howell, Interserve divisional director for Highways, said: “This project will deliver improved safety, better access to the marina area and reconnect the city centre with its waterfront and regenerated Fruit Market. Our work will also alleviate congestion on the A63 towards the Hull ferry terminal.

“Now the bridge is installed the team at Interserve Construction will now focus on the remaining work we need to do to complete the bridge which will include installing the ramps and stairs and completing the marina platform and landscaping.”

The bridge, which is covered by a curving steel canopy, will also have sheltered viewing balconies at each end which will give members of the public a space to enjoy the views of the city and waterfront.

The bridge secured a £4m funding contribution from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s local growth fund programme, gained through its growth deals as part of the Government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse.

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