Route To Stadium Available AgainA key Blackpool road and route to Bloomfield Road will re-open on Thursday after repairs were completed ahead of schedule.
Finishing touches to repair the bridge, which runs Seasiders Way over Princess Street, are taking place so that both roads can re-open to traffic, one week before the start of the Easter holidays.
The work saw the old bridge deck completely demolished and replaced with a stronger structure, while landscaping to the nearby area has made it safer for local residents.
The old bridge was in a decrepit state and would have had to close to all traffic in the next two years if the work had not been carried out.
Cllr Fred Jackson, Blackpool Council’s Cabinet Member for Municipal Assets, said: “We’ve managed this contract very closely and made sure that the contractors completed the work on budget and on time, so that we could re-open Seasiders Way in time for the Easter holidays.
“If we hadn’t completed this work then the two roads would have had to close permanently in the near future. Seasiders Way is a hugely vital road for both residents and tourists and we simply couldn’t allow that to happen.
“So I’m delighted that we’ve managed to bring in the money to carry out the works and get them completed at a time when it would cause the least amount of congestion.
“As well as thanking the officers and the contractors for their hard work, I would like to offer my thanks to residents and drivers who have patiently used the diversions while the work has been undertaken.”
The maintenance work is part of a programme to repair ten Blackpool bridges over the next four years at a total cost of £11.365m. The money is made up by contributions from Blackpool Council, the Department for Transport’s Challenge Fund and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Fund.
The majority of these bridges are in a desperate need of repair due mainly to the corrosive action of air-borne salts and chlorides that come with being near the seaside.
For more information on the project, visitwww.blackpool.gov.uk/bridges