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25 January 2018

Vicars Hall Bridge Replacement

The replacement of the Road Bridge at Vicars Hall has completed with a total investment of just under £1million.

The new bridge replaces an old dilapidated bailey bridge and increases the weight limit to permit 44 tonne vehicles.

The works included the construction of a 1km surfaced access road, the removal of the old bridge and construction of the new bridge. The abutments alone required 6,000 tonnes of stone and 18,000 bricks.

Before the works to replace the bridge could commence a number of issues had to be overcome which involved detailed discussions with Salford City Council, Wigan Borough Council, the Environment Agency and United Utilities.

Although these discussions delayed the commencement of the works the Canal was reopened to navigation on 23rd May 2017 as promised to allow visiting boats to attend the FBCC rally held at Worsley Cruising Club between from 26th to 29th May 2017. The bridge was open to traffic on 24th August 2017.

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