Cranes are lifting new Kepax Bridge over River Severn  - The Worcester Observer

Cranes are lifting new Kepax Bridge over River Severn 

MULTIPLE sections of the new Kepax Bridge over the River Severn are being lifted into place, with the final structure now beginning to take shape.

This significant development marks a major milestone in the construction of the new walking and cycling bridge.

The project has seen the arrival of a 1,000-tonne crane and a 350-tonne crane on site to install the remaining bridge sections.

These massive cranes began lifting sections into place last week, and the installation process is continuing this week.

Coun Marc Bayliss, Worcestershire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “This is an exciting time for the project.

“Now the bridge is starting to span the river, you can really start to see what the finished structure will look like.

“It does cause some disruption in the local area when these huge cranes are brought on to site, so I’d like to thank local residents for their co-operation and understanding during the deliveries.

“It’s fantastic to see works progressing well on this important project, one that will bring a major boost for the health and wellbeing of people who live, study, visit, or work in Worcester.”

Once all the bridge sections are installed, further work will be required before the bridge becomes operational, which is scheduled for later this year.

Current works are nearing completion on the Horsford Road access and all ground works on the west side of the river.

Following the installation of the bridge sections, additional tasks including parapet installation, expansion joint fitting, abutment works and lighting installations will continue over the next few months.

Works are dependent on suitable weather conditions and may be subject to change.

The bridge will be a cable supported structure, with the main span reinforced by cables connected to a single tower on the rivers east side.


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