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News article created on 9 June 2015

Essential repair work to Acton Swing Bridge

Essential repairs are due to be carried out to Acton Swing Bridge, near Northwich, for two weeks in mid-June.

The bridge, which carries the A49 road over the River Weaver, will be reduced to a single lane, managed by temporary traffic lights, from Monday 15 June to Friday 19 June.   Following this, the works will be completed in night time lane closures, with the road fully open during the daytime.

The Canal & River Trust, which owns the 83-year-old bridge, will be using contractors to carry out structural repairs underneath the bridge deck.

Richard Spencer, senior project manager with the Trust, explained: “The need for emergency repairs to the bridge just before Christmas highlighted a number of long term maintenance issues which need putting right.

“These immediate repairs are required to ensure the bridge remains fully operational and a larger project is planned for later in the year. We will do all we can to minimise delays to journey times, but it is vital that we carry out these essential repairs now to prevent further deterioration of the bridge.”

The Canal & River Trust is responsible for the structure of the bridge and Cheshire West and Chester Council for maintaining the road.

Ongoing investment

Councillor Brian Clarke, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure, said: “We as a Council are committed to ongoing investment in our highway network and securing this important route is part of this strategy. The repair work also shows excellent partnership working between the Canal & River Trust and the Council.”

Weaver and Cuddington Councillor Charles Fifield added: “This bridge is an important link for both the Borough and the local community and it is essential that this repair work is carried out as soon as possible. There will be some short term disruption and we apologise to residents for this inconvenience and we would like to thank drivers for their patience during the period of the works.”