Lodgemore Lift Bridge — Construction commenced
Work on installing a new single pylon bascule bridge at Lodgemore Mill has begun. Stroud District Council awarded the contract for the entire project including the clearance of the fixed structure, the ground works and fabrication of the new lift bridge to ECS Engineering Services Ltd. of Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire.
Watch the work on webcam
The ECS team arrived early on Monday 26th October. At the same time technicians from Farsons Digital Watercams arrived and turned the camera through180° to permit a view of the installation of the locally designed bridge. See picture right.
Planning temporary access
The first tasks, planning and marking the alternative footpaths and vehicle access route around the site, fell to Stroud District Council’s Canal Project Manager Dave Marshall and Volunteer Co-ordinator Paul Weller.
Dave Marshall explains: “The space at the bridge site is extremely limited. The works will involve large machinery in that limited space. Consequently, it has not been possible to retain the well-used pedestrian and vehicle access familiar to the Lodgemore workers, residents and local school pupils. So, we have implemented viable temporary alternatives that will accommodate the needs of most users.”
Closures & Alternatives
Lodgemore Lane which runs from Cainscross Road down into Lodgemore Mill will be closed for the duration of the bridge installation. The canal towpath from Lodgemore Mill to Wallbridge Lower Lock will also be closed until December. The fourth image, an aerial shot by Kenneth Bailey, illustrates the limited space.
Dave explains further, “We have created an extension to the towpath route that will mean pedestrians, runners and cyclists will still be able to travel from Cainscross Road, down Chestnut Lane turning left along the towpath towards Lodgemore and then, turning right along the new footpath extension through C & G Training’s car park, on through Lodgemore Mill and up onto Bath Road opposite the Clothiers Arms.
"Again, thanks are due to C & G Training for allowing a new route across their land for cars and light commercial vehicles.
"The temporary surface has already been dubbed ‘the rubber road’. This will mean light vehicles will cross Chestnut Lane Swing Bridge and use the rubber road to gain access to the Woollen Specialists Products site and the adjacent cottages. The steepness and unevenness of parts of the route will mean that mobility buggy users are advised to use Cainscross Road and Chestnut Lane between Wallbridge and Ebley. The routes are well signed and well used.”
One regular jogger commented, “I couldn’t work out how you were going to do it but it all works well. We shall soon get used to it and I look forward to doing my daily run over the new lift bridge.”
The fifth image, shows ECS workers removing the concrete deck of the old fixed bridge. The heavy iron girders being revealed are part of the swing bridge as fitted in 1927 by Stroud engineering company T.H. and J. Daniels.
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