Work fully underway to replace Woodlands Lane bridge

I’m sure you’ll know of the unfortunate saga about Woodlands Lane Bridge – a couple of my reports HERE and HERE. The bridge was demolished in November 2016, adding to traffic congestion on local roads. The planned re-opening of a new bridge is advertised as being in the Winter of 2017/18.

It maybe that you’ve missed seeing, on the M3, there’s work underway to replace the bridge. Below is my photo of the work, taken today. Subsequently, I visited the Balfour Beatty site on New Road to enquire as to when the work would be completed. See the latest Highways England progress report on the bridge replacement.

The answer  I received was they are hoping to complete by the end of 2017, perhaps might extend into January 2018 if things don’t go to plan. A key part of the work to be completed is to erect a bridge support pier in the central reservation.

The good news is that work on the replacement of the bridge is progressing, as it should be. Looks like it’ll end up as only 14 months without a bridge – still far too long.

4 thoughts on “Work fully underway to replace Woodlands Lane bridge

  1. Speedicus, they diverted them under the motorway via a plastic tunnel. I’m sure I’ve posted pictures on the blog – can send to you if you’d like


  2. Must have missed that – I did see they were erecting a temprary spanning structure next to the old bridge, but abandoned the plan ….

    Thx, no worries, I’ll seek out the earlier postings – Chhers, ST


  3. When i drove past late on Thursday evening, there were high powered lights and workmen on both sides.
    I am still horrified about how long it is taking for the replacement, plus the waste for the original temporary services structure (that I saw parked on the hard shoulder), and it’s huge concrete pillars each side that were then demolished.


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