Merseylink Consortium has completed a new footbridge over the Central Expressway at Halton Lodge in Runcorn, one of 12 bridges being replaced or upgraded as part of the £540m Mersey Gateway second river crossing project.
Merseylink is changing the road layout at Lodge Lane junction in preparation for the new Mersey Gateway route, so the original 1960s footbridge has been replaced with a longer, wider structure that connects Halton Lodge to Hallwood Park. The new steel bridge was transported to site in five separate pieces, which were lifted into place by a crane. It was then bolted together and welded to create one seamless piece of steel. The old bridge was dismantled and removed on the weekend of 9 and 10 July.
The footbridge is the first of nine new bridges, including the main road bridge, a further three will be upgraded.
Chris Buckley, landside operations manager at Merseylink, said: “This is one of 12 bridges across Halton that are being replaced, upgraded or remodeled as part of essential project works. The new footbridge is made entirely of steel and extremely durable. We hope that the local community will enjoy their new landmark for many years to come.”
Cllr Rob Polhill, leader of Halton Council, said: “The project is about much more than just a bridge, it is a vital link for communities and its fantastic to see the borough’s roads and existing infrastructure upgraded and improved right across the project route. The improvements are a direct benefit to our local communities and it’s a delight to see pupils from Woodside Primary School involved.”