Stockport MBC – Highway Structures Partner 2015-2018
The £78m Town Centre Access Plan involved major reconfiguration of the Town’s road layout to improve traffic circulation in and around the town centre. We have worked as part of the Council’s Highway Alliance and Bethell took responsibility for more than ten significant modifications to crucial highway structures to enable them to be widened or strengthened to meet the increased traffic load.
Our work has been a continual programme of complex activities, many of which have been concurrent around the town centre over the past three years. Some of the improvements to structures have include these example projects:
- Lancashire Bridge: Strengthening works to an existing structure to provide a new bus lane and forming a new opening in the bridge over the River Mersey. The works were undertaken in the middle of Stockport Town Centre’s major retail heart. The works included extensive concrete strengthening and waterproofing works to underside of the bridge working in the watercourse with environmental controls in palace. The project was awarded the Project of the year in 2016 by CECA (£1.45m).
- Captains Bridge: Widening of the 33m span bridge to provide two-way traffic in each direction. Installing new 33m long prefabricated steel bridge beams with insitu concrete decks, all seated on new abutments - constructed within cofferdams -located in the River Mersey. The project was awarded Project of the Year by CECA in 2017 (£1.45m).
- Newbridge Lane: A masonry-faced contiguously piled retaining wall, 120m in length ranging from 3m to 6m in height and widening of the junction of St Mary’s Way and New Bridge Lane (£1.6m).
- A6 Wellington Road: the heritage A6 road viaduct in Stockport centre running parallel to the famous railway viaduct, was re-surfaced and both known and unknown existing services located and re- positioned and consolidated with new service runs. The bridge structure was exposed and structural repairs carried out including improved drainage provisions. The works were carried out in a fixed 12-week summer embargo, with substantial road diversions in place (£1.8m).
- M60 Junction1: Widening of approach roads to the roundabout to provide added lanes for improved traffic flow. Works included several new reinforced concrete retaining walls, highway widening and new signals (£1.8m).