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half-million pound refurbishment.
The team will rely on a cofferdam for the river works,
enabling them to work below the waterline as the foun-
dations of the main central pylon are constructed in the
The new bridge, which will cross the River Wear be-
tween Wessington Way and European Way is the first
bridge to be built over the Wear for more than 40 years.
It is part of the wider strategic transport plan to link
the Port of Sunderland and city centre to the A19 and
the A1 and will attract new jobs and investment to the
Stephen McCaffrey, Project Director with FVB JV, the
partnership set up by Farrans and Victor Buyck Steel
Construction to deliver the project, said the arrival of
the ‘Claude Monique’ has marked a milestone in the
“During the past eight months, much of our work
has revolved around clearing the site on the
south side of the river and preparing the
embankments for the foundations to be laid to
support the approach roads to the bridge,”
“We have now reached a point where the in-river
work is starting, and the Claude Monique will
help us do that by providing us with a substantial
platform to work from.
“She is equipped with a lot of specialist
machinery to help us build the cofferdam and
get the central pylon foundations underway.”
Work on the bridge will press ahead in the coming
weeks and months, with the project scheduled for com-
pletion in Spring 2018.
The bridge, which will cross the River Wear between
Castletown on the North and Pallion on the South, will
have a steel A-frame pylon which rises to 105 m. It will
accommodate two lanes of traffic in both directions and
will also have dedicated cycleways and footpaths along
its full length, in line with revised planning permission
granted in August 2014.
The bridge construction will comprise piled founda-
tions, a reinforced concrete sub-structure and a steel
concrete composite bridge deck.
The two main cable-stayed spans are 148 m each
with a third fixed span of 40 m on the North side.
Temporary works will also be utilised to aid construction,
reduce the risk and impact of the works and reduce the
These will include a cofferdam to the central pier,
temporary piled trestles to aid the bridge deck launch,
temporary piled anchor points to aid pylon erection and
a temporary launch platform.
Artistic renditions of the new road
bridge across the River Wear at
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