Work on a £370k refurbishment of Bridgwater’s historic Town Bridge has now started.
The iconic structure in Bridgwater Town centre will receive a major overhaul from Somerset County Council to strengthen, repair and restore the near 150 year old bridge over the River Parrett.
Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Cllr Harvey Siggs said: “Because of the tidal nature of the River Parrett our contractors will work around the tide times to complete this work on this historic structure. The constant motion of the tide has caused sections of the steel structure to corrode and essential repairs are required.”
A specially designed scaffold will be constructed to allow access below with corroded sections removed and replaced as the structure is methodically repaired. Historic features such as the missing wrought iron flower heads will be replicated and replaced with the structure finished-off with an authentic coat of paint.
Disruption to traffic and pedestrians will be kept to minimum while work takes place. Road closures are not envisaged but lanes and pavements will be coned-off to ensure pedestrians and traffic is removed from the areas being repaired.
Cllr Siggs added: “This project will be carried out so as to cause as little disruption to members of the public as possible but we apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.”
Work is due to be completed in time for this year’s Bridgwater Carnival.