Sabrina Bridge in Worcester is set to undergo its first major refurbishment in 28 years.
The major refurbishment, which is being carried out by Worcestershire County Council initially started this week, with the setting up of the site.
There will then be various phases of work over the coming months, which will see scaffolding go up on the bridge, the main span of the bridge will then be removed to be taken away for the refurbishment, before being put back into place later this year.
This refurbishment is a key part of the Council’s infrastructure programme, which is receiving more investment than it has in 50 years.
The programme could also see a new pedestrian and cycle bridge (Kepax Bridge) across the River Severn in Worcester.
Both bridges aim to enhance links along the riverside, so users could complete a ’figure of 8’ circuit using the proposed Kepax Walking and Cycling Bridge, newly refurbished Sabrina Bridge and Diglis Bridge.
Councillor Alan Amos, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Highways, said: “It’s great that we’re now ready to start on the major refurbishment of this well used city bridge.
“There will be some inconvenience during the period that the main span of the bridge is removed, but we have liaised with the university, racecourse and rowing clubs amongst many others to ensure this causes as little disruption as possible.
“This is another example of the Council’s commitment to invest in, and improve, walking and cycling provision, not only in Worcester but across the county.”
There will be the need for some lane and road closures during the works and the bridge will be closed whilst the refurbishments take place off site.
Next week will see a lane closure and off peak temporary traffic lights on Hylton Road to allow material deliveries to be made.
A permanent lane closure will then come into force from Monday 21st September for the remainder of the works.
More information will be made available about these on the County Council social media channels and website at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/sabrinabridge
Diversions will be in place and clearly signed during any closures.
Works are scheduled to be finished by the end of the year.