Page 16 - Contractors World -UK & Ireland Vol 2 No 4 (May 2012)

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Historic
moment as
bridge reunites
community
I
n 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.
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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.
Birse Civils, a Balfour Beatty Company, has installed
the main beams of Cumbria County Council’s £11.17
mi l l i on reconst ruc t i on of Nor ths i de Br i dge i n
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
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
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