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Bridge renovation works to get underway

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WORK to replace an ageing road bridge in a residential part of Leicester are due to get underway next week.

The Kingsway Road Bridge, which spans the Evington Brook near the roundabout of Gartree Road and Stoughton Drive, is in poor condition and requires a full replacement so that it can safely continue to carry traffic.

The work will involve removing the road surface, its concrete deck, metal parapets and brick abutments before installing a new precast concrete box culvert in its place.

Replacement parts for the bridge will be delivered to the site in eight pieces to be installed, before new concrete retaining walls are built on both sides of the bridge to accommodate new parapets.

The bridge deck will then be waterproofed and the road and pavement replaced to enable it to reopen to vehicles and pedestrians.  Plans of the work have been sent out to local residents, along with details of traffic diversions.

Works are due to get underway on March 8, and are expected to last 14 weeks. During this time, Kingsway Road will be closed between Sickleholm Drive and Hoylake Close.

Contractors are also working with the Environment Agency in order to temporarily limit the flow of water under the bridge at certain times during the construction work.

In total the scheme will cost about £205,000 from Leicester City Council’s annual highways capital programme.