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Work at Boots Bridge in Manea is well under-way and on schedule to be complete on time




Work on a notorious Fenland bridge is on schedule for completion on time according to a spokesman for Cambridgeshire County Council.

Work is well underway at Boots bridge and is on schedule. (8182012)
Work is well underway at Boots bridge and is on schedule. (8182012)

Boots Bridge on the Sixteen Foot Drain at Manea has been partly demolished since work began at the beginning of January.

The scheme has seen demolition of the existing bridge deck, which dates back to 1931, and a giant crane brought in to put in new supporting beams.

Wimblington Road from the Boots Bridge junction has been closed since work began, meaning a lengthy detour for villagers wanting to get to March.

Work is well underway at Boots bridge and is on schedule. (8182010)
Work is well underway at Boots bridge and is on schedule. (8182010)

The new bridge has been designed to improve safety at the junction, which last year saw a catalogue of crashes.

A Cambridgeshire County Council spokesman said:“Work is progressing well to reconstruct Boots Bridge on Manea Road, Wimblington and is on track to finish at the end of May as planned.

“The new bridge beams are all in place and work continues until Easter to build the concrete abutments, which support the bridge, and the bridge deck.

“The new bridge has been designed to improve safety at this road junction with Sixteen Foot Bank.

“The new parapets, which are the protective walls along the edge of a bridge, will see steel posts and safety barriers installed to improve visibility.”

To keep disruption to a minimum, additional work at the junction with Sixteen Foot Bank, including improving signage, white lines and cutting down vegetation, in addition to a new high friction grip surfacing, will be completed at the same time.

Cambridgeshire’s chairman of the highways committee, Coun Mathew Shuter, said: “We need to carry out this work because the original concrete bridge is deteriorating.

“Based on the history of previous incidents at this location, we’re improving the safety.”



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