Work on the new £3.2m M56 Bowdon View Bridge at junction 7 in south Manchester reaches a milestone this week when six 78-tonne steel beams arrive at the construction site next to the motorway.
Overnight on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 June the 38 metres long beams will make the two-day journey from manufacturers in Chepstow, Wales to the site. Over the course of the next four months they will be transformed into the new bridge, constructed alongside the M56. In October a giant multi-wheeled vehicle will jack-up the 1,830 tonne, 74-metre-long bridge, carry it 500 metres along the M56 and slowly manoeuvre it into place over the motorway.
David Grunwell, Highways Agency North West divisional director, said: "The existing Bowdon View Bridge is in urgent need of replacement. The construction and installation of the bridge is essential to ensure reliable and safe journeys along this key route in and out of Manchester. To reduce the impact on road users, the bridge is being constructed alongside the motorway.
"Once the new bridge is installed and the planned junction improvements are completed, the restrictions currently in place at the junction will be removed."