Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bridge Work Increased to Hit Deadline

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bridge Work Increased to Hit Deadline

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Byline: Will Metcalfe Reporter will.metcalfe@trinitymirror.com

WORK on a bridge used by thousands of vehicles a day is set to go around the clock in a bid to hit the deadline.

As work on the PS1m scheme to revamp Milburngate Bridge, in Durham, comes to a close, workers are set to work nonstop to finish.

Every night this week the bridge will be closed from 7pm to 6am to allow workers extra time after extreme weather at the weekend made work impossible.

Around 48,000 vehicles a day use the bridge, which has led to the first major work on it since it was built.

A Durham County Council spokesman said the closures were essential, but weather dependent and without heavy rain, the overnight work could be completed ahead of schedule.

The 48-year-old bridge has undergone work on its drainage, parapets, surfacing, and had concrete repairs, as well as having replacement waterproofing system installed. Councillor David Freeman, who represents the Elvet and Gilesgate wards, said: "I'm sure for those affected, it's been frustrating, but unfortunately, it's something that was required. …

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