Full details of a major repair scheme for one of Doncaster’s key routes have been revealed.
A strategic repair programme is due to get underway on St. George’s Bridge this summer.
The bridge was built in 2001, and the mechanical expansion joints at both ends, like on all bridges, are only effective for a limited time.
Careful analysis has shown that the joints are now in need of replacement. If left untreated, this may result in the need for safety repairs.
Rather than wait for this to happen, the decision has been taken to undertake repair work now, when proper planning can minimise traffic disruption.
The council has also decided to take this opportunity to undertake additional improvement work. The carriageway will be resurfaced, drainage will be enhanced and improvements will be made at the road junctions. With advances in engineering technology, the new bridge joints will have a far longer lifespan of around 25 years until their next renewal.
The works will be split into three phases.
Phase one will begin on 18th May where overnight lane closures until the 7th June will allow for advanced accommodation works to be undertaken. This includes making adjustments to road junctions.
Phase two, from 8th-19th June will then involve overnight carriageway closures of St. George’s Bridge, to allow for the resurfacing of the road. This will be a staggered closure, keeping one side of the bridge open and accessible to traffic at all times, whilst access in the opposite closed direction will be by North Bridge. Signage will be in place to advise motorists.
Finally, phase three will see structural improvements to the bridge expansion joints from 28th June, for up to 10 weeks. This period will see St. George’s Bridge used just for 2-lane outbound traffic, whilst the 2-lane traffic coming into Doncaster will be directed over the North Bridge. All the work will be complete prior to the St Leger Festival in September.
Peter Dale, Director of Regeneration and Environment, said: “We recognise that St George’s Bridge is the main northern gateway in and out of the town centre and that’s why we are undertaking a comprehensive carriageway improvement programme to coincide with the now needed replacement of the bridge joints. We apologise for any inconvenience during these essential works, but we are doing these works now with careful planning, rather than waiting for a time when we have to act more urgently to make safety repairs.
“While we are doing everything we can to minimise disruption with advanced signage up, appropriate local diversions in place and works being carefully planned to have minimum impact, we do ask that motorists bear with us during these vital works. Once complete this key part of our road network will provide an enhanced travel experience for road users, will be future-proofed and resilient so it can cope with future emergency incidents, as well as Doncaster’s predicted growth, and should be free from maintenance for many years to come.”
For more information on the St. George’s Bridge works, visit www.doncaster.gov.uk/stgeorgesbridge. For any enquiries, call 01302862549 or email firstname.lastname@example.org