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Following reconstruction works, the split community is now soon to be rejoined with a permanent road bridge for traffic and pedestrians.Historic moment as bridge reunites community

In January 2011, Contractors World reported on how the British Army installed a temporary footbridge to reconnect a small town divided by the collapse of the two old bridges following a severe storm. (See report here)

Following reconstruction works, the split community is now soon to be rejoined with a permanent road bridge for traffic and pedestrians.

Birse Civils, a Balfour Beatty Company, has installed the main beams of Cumbria County Council’s £11.17 million reconstruction of Northside Bridge in Workington, over the River Derwent.

Three 88 tonne sections of the bridge were lifted into position above the water so that the structure now spans the river for the first time since the old Northside Bridge collapsed on 20 November 2009, tragically killing PC Bill Barker. The prefabricated steel sections are delivered to site by low-loader.

The three-span bridge will now be clad in a mixture of new sandstone and sandstone recovered from the original Northside Bridge

The sections were lifted into place by a Demag CC2800-1 crane.    Each of the three sections is 60 m long and consists of two steel ‘I’ beams to form the main support to carry the road which will be constructed above.

The sections were lifted into place by a Demag CC2800-1 crane. This crawler crane has a lifting capacity of 800 tonnes, a 60 m long boom, a 180 tonne counter weight and took two days to assemble on site.

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