Marlow Bridge has reopened after maintenance work on the Grade I listed bridge was completed ahead of schedule.
On Monday 18th May 2020, to take advantage of the reduced volume of traffic on the roads, Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) brought forward essential maintenance works for Marlow’s iconic suspension bridge.
The work was originally planned to start in September 2020, however due to Covid-19 the decision was made to split the project into two phases with the first phase brought forward to the spring of 2020.
Phase 1 of the project started on Monday 18th May 2020 and was successfully completed in three weeks, two weeks ahead of schedule. The essential maintenance work on Phase 1 included the cleaning of the towers, repairs to the roof of the towers and repainting of the chains, kerbs and hangers.
While the work was undertaken the bridge was closed to vehicles using a 24-hour road closure. During this time, a one-way system was implemented for pedestrians and cyclists, providing safe social distancing for the public, as well as the on-site crews.
Before the bridge was closed to traffic, Cadent Gas had started essential maintenance work to upgrade a gas main on the Bisham side of the bridge. TfB worked closely with Cadent Gas and The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and this successful collaboration ensured there were no disruptions to the projects, crews or local residents.
During the entirety of Phase 1, Marlow Rowing Club generously donated the use of their car park, which was used as the main TfB site compound.
Phase 2 of the scheme will commence in Spring 2021 and will involve the repainting of the timber parapets and replacement of some of the bridge bearings.
Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Transportation, Nick Naylor, said: ‘I am so pleased that we were able to carry out this essential work on Marlow Bridge with minimal disruption to the public.
Thank you to Marlow Rowing Club and Cadent Gas for their assistance during Phase 1. TfB will continue to do all it can to protect and preserve this iconic structure for future generations.‘
TfB has a long-term strategy in place to safeguard the listed bridge for current and future generations and as part of this strategy, there is an ongoing requirement to undertake routine maintenance and refurbishment.
*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire Council.