Date given for Marlow bridge reopening

A date has been given for the reopening of Marlow Bridge.

Closed to traffic since September 24, it is hoped it will open on Friday November 25, weather permitting.

The decision follows the outcome this week of structural engineering tests, which have been carried out since a 37-tonne lorry tried to cross the bridge.

Engineers’ rigorous inspection, ultrasound and magnetic particle testing revealed no serious damage.

In the coming week, they will restore sections exposed for weld testing with three coats of paint, remove scaffolding surrounding the bridge’s two towers, and reinstate timber work removed for inspection.

Mark Shaw, Buckinghamshire County Council’s transport cabinet member, said: “We needed to make sure the bridge was safe and secure for all to use before opening it, and I’m pleased the engineers’ go-ahead has come ahead of the Christmas trading period.”

Engineers have been examining every part of the structure since the lorry, owned by the Lithuanian haulage company Girteka, tried to cross the bridge.

A special inspection platform and a river barge were commissioned to enable testing above and below the road deck.

The 19th century bridge has been open to pedestrians and cyclists.

County Councillor Richard Scott said: “Christmas is a very important time for the town’s retailers, so this will come as a great relief to them.

“Residents, visitors and commuters will also be pleased that traffic congestion on the Marlow bypass will be considerably reduced.”


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