WORK to improve the city’s bridge has been completed almost a week ahead of schedule.
A team from Worcestershire Highways started the job last month and it was originally scheduled to finish tomorrow (Thursday), but the project was completed overnight last Friday (May 30).
The footpaths on both sides of Worcester Bridge were replaced with materials in keeping with the heritage and historic feel of the structure, which was built in the 18th century.
An anti-skid road surface has also been installed on the carriageway.
Coun Richard Udall, city councillor for St John’s, undertook a year-long campaign for the work to be done, first urging council bosses to fix the broken slabs and tarmac in February 2013.
“I’m very happy that it’s all completed and we’ve been having quite a few comments about how pleased people are with its appearance,” he said.
“It was unstable, there were deep grooves in the bridge and it was very unsightly and dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians, especially people in mobility carriages who would struggle to get across.
“It’s an important part of Worcester’s history and heritage as you can see the best parts of the city from that bridge.
“I had no complaints about the noise, disturbance or any of the problems associated with the work, so everybody seems to be really happy with the results.”
Coun John Smith OBE, Worcestershire County Council cabinet member for highways, added: “The teams have worked extremely hard and managed to complete this project a week ahead of schedule, which is good news.
“The historic Worcester Bridge is a landmark and gateway into the city. It was a real focal point during the floods earlier this year and the vehicles, including heavy machinery used to remove debris, did inevitably cause some damage.
“These works on both the footpaths and road both look great and improve safety for both motorists and pedestrians.”