From Monday 23rd September 2019 further work investigative work will be carried out on Marlow Suspension Bridge.
Transport for Buckinghamshire will be carrying out the work alongside Councillor Alex Collingwood and in collaboration with Marlow Town council and the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead.
The work will involve further testing on the bridge as well as attaching proximity sensor ‘testing apparatus’ to the recently installed bollards protecting the entrance to the bridge in order to determine driver behaviour and vehicle alignment.
As a result of the tests is is likely that in the future the distance between the bollards will be set to the correct operational width restriction of two metres. The information from the sensors will shape how the deterrent measures may be improved in the future.
Visual display units will be installed on both sides of the bridge and messages will flash up to alert drivers if their vehicle exceeds the 3T weight limit and/or the 2m width restriction.
The campaign, which will last until at least Monday 21st October 2019, is intended to help deter and prevent overweight / oversized vehicles from crossing the bridge.
An assessment of the structural capacity of the bridge is also being undertaken by TfB as well as a review of the traffic signs in the surrounding area with the aim of pro-actively directing HGV’s onto alternative suitable routes before they reach the bridge.
Deputy Leader and Cabinet Transport Member, Mark Shaw, said: ‘Education and data gathering are a key part of the prevention process and we need to do whatever it takes to protect this iconic structure and change behaviour. Gathering data whilst lifting awareness to the highest level is a collaborative process and will enable us to demonstrate further restrictions we may have to put in place.
Whilst we do not want to jump to conclusions at this stage the final data may take us in the direction of re-engineering the bollards to a tighter width again, to protect at all costs a costly and catastrophic event from occurring in the future, this exercise will help inform us of the options available to us going forward.‘
*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire County Council.