Andrew has been contacted by National Highways who have now provided him with the latest update on the Ouse Bridge Works.
Andrew reports, "I am informed that the compound area and offices are now “substantially complete together with the storage area for materials and equipment”. They add that hoarding surrounding the compound area will be completed once the surcharge stone has been removed.
"In relation to the scaffolding, I am told that the ‘pre-loading’ process of the scaffold base is now complete. As a result, the surcharge stone will be moved during today and tomorrow.
"Scaffolding delivery was this week, and its installation will take place on Monday 20 March at the east end of the bridge, with the west end commencing 23 March. Completion is anticipated by 11 April 2023. The scaffolding at the abutment ends of the bridge will then commence. A temporary barrier has been installed on Hook Lane to protect the western scaffold tower.
"In addition, 560 existing drainage covers have been removed to date with 500 new covers installed with concrete repairs being undertaken as needed. It is anticipated that all the eastbound drainage channels will be complete by the end of May 2023.
"Other works include undertaking further surfacing (commencing overnight on the 20th March) to the eastbound hard shoulder area in preparation for the next phase of traffic management once the joints are complete across the hard shoulder, lane 1 and part lane 2.
"They will continue to monitor the condition of the joints and supporting concrete underneath the westbound carriageway to ensure that no further stress in these areas are being encountered with the traffic loading.
Finally, the joints for the whole bridge have been ordered and manufactured and will be with them in early April.
"As ever, I will keep residents posted."