Eric Wright Civil Engineering will begin work during the summer on a Mouchel-designed footbridge across the M62 at Huyton for Knowsley Council.
The Greystone footbridge known locally as the ‘sausage bridge’ has helped generations of local residents to safely cross the M62 since it opened in 1973.
The footbridge has now reached the end of it serviceable life and Knowsley Council is investing £1.7m in a replacement bridge to serve cyclists and pedestrians. The bridge will be illuminated in the evenings and is intended to give visitors to the borough a sense of arrival as they pass through.
Cllr Mike Murphy, Knowsley’s Cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, said: “This project is a significant investment into the borough’s infrastructure and while there will be some disruption to local residents and motorway drivers, we hope the careful planning and preparation will help to keep this to a minimum.
“I’m looking forward to the new bridge being completed and I hope it continues to serve the local community as well as its predecessor.”
To avoid disruption to pedestrians whilst the work is taking place, a shuttle bus service will start on 27 July, when access to the footbridge will be closed. There will be weekend closures of the M62 for demolition and construction and separate lane closures to allow the contractors to dig 18 metre foundations in the central reservation.