New bridge for Bourne

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Work to replace a deteriorating bridge in Bourne is set to start in July.

Lincolnshire County Council’s highways department will be replacing Queen’s Bridge on East Gate Road.

The work is expected to take about eight weeks and will start on July 15.

The road will be closed during this time, although the cycle way on the south east side of the bridge will remain open.

A temporary pedestrian bridge will be put in place.

The bridge is showing signs of wear and tear, such as concrete spalling and the exposure of reinforcement steel and has also been assessed to have only a seven and a half tonne weight capacity. This is below the 1996 European Directive of a 40-tonne limit.

Brick parapets are proposed for the new bridge to be in keeping with the surrounding environment and efforts will be made to move the unsightly service pipes and cables attached to the side of the bridge into the structure.