Plastic bridge installed on m6 UK
London, United Kingdom – The innovative Mount Pleasant’s "plastic bridge" will be put in place over the M6 in Lancashire on Saturday 8 April 2004.
The bridge will be lifted in place with an 800 tonne crane overnight. Once final checks have been completed the old bridge will be demolished two weeks later on Saturday 22 April 2006.
The motorway between junctions 32 and 34 will be closed overnight in both directions from 8.00pm on Saturday 8 April to 10.00am next day while the bridge is lifted into place. Forton motorway services at Lancaster will also be closed during this period. Diversions will be clearly signed. The same traffic restrictions will also apply when the old bridge is demolished overnight over the weekend of 22/23 April 2006.
Built using fibre-reinforced polymers (FRP), the new bridge is twice as strong but half the weight of the existing bridge at Mount Pleasant near Garstang which was constructed 40 years ago and needs to be replaced.
Highways Agency Project Manager says:
"A bridge made from fibre-reinforced polymers has a number of advantages. Because it is lighter than traditional construction techniques it is easier and quicker to build. It can be lifted in place complete with guardrails and surfacing, saving time and resources.
"The result is less disruption to those using the motorway and a considerable reduction in future bridge maintenance."
- 1. The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Transport. It manages, maintains and improves England’s motorways and trunk roads on behalf of the Secretary of State.
- 2. The Highways Agency traffic information website is at http://www.highways.gov.uk/trafficinfo.
- 3. For real-time traffic information, the Highways Agency 24-hour voice activated telephone service is on 08700 660 115. (Calls from BT landlines to 0870 numbers will cost no more than 8p per minute; mobile calls usually cost more)
- 4. For general information about the Highways Agency and its work, visit the Highways Agency website http://www.highways.gov.uk, or telephone the Highways Agency information line on 08457 50 40 30 at any time. (Calls from BT landlines to 0845 numbers will cost no more than 4p per minute; mobile calls usually cost more.)
Safe driving at roadworks
During 2005, five workers were killed and 12 seriously injured in the course of their work on Highways Agency roads. This was the worst year since 1999.
For the safety of all road users and roadworkers, drivers approaching roadworks are advised to:
- Keep within the speed limit – it is there for your safety.
- Get into the correct lane in good time – don’t keep switching.
- Concentrate on the road ahead, not the roadworks.
- Be alert for works’ traffic leaving or entering roadworks.
- Keep a safe distance – there could be queues in front.
- Observe all signs – they are there to help you.