Gowan Bridge: Latest News from Cumbria County Council (as at 7th March 2017)
We would have liked to have been in a position to provide you with information sooner regarding the delay to the opening of Gowan Bridge, however, discussions have been taking place with the contractor to ensure that we are providing accurate information to the community which is detailed below:
As you are aware, delivery of the replacement structure was originally planned for summer 2017. (AC: No, as far as the Parish Council was able to glean, the original intention was to START work on the bridge in Sep 2017) To mitigate disruption to the local community, the delivery programme was substantially accelerated which resulted in a targeted date of Easter 2017 for completion of the replacement structure. However, the accelerated delivery introduced several significant risks, both technical and legislative. Several of these risks have unfortunately resulted in an extended design and construction period which have impacted on the overall delivery programme.
Over the last week the piling contractors have now completed installing the piles to the north abutment, the contractor has been able to continue work over the last weekend in order to excavate out the material around the piles on this side of the bridge and will begin cutting down the piles to the correct level ready to construct the pile cap on this side of the bridge. On the opposite side, the works to construct the pile cap are now complete, the steel reinforcement has been fixed in place and rapid set concrete has been poured to form the foundation for the bridge. We are now waiting for the concrete to reach an acceptable strength before breaking out the remains of the old bridge foundation. To speed this up they have two crews working at once and will be working weekends. The concrete bridge beams are currently planned for delivery and placement on 4th April. The craning contractor will need at least 7 days’ notice to arrange delivery, but constant communication is ongoing to ensure that this is achieved.
It is now anticipated that the construction works will be completed on 16th May 2017 which is four weeks beyond the original targeted opening date of Easter 2017. That said, with weekend working and generally favourable weather conditions, it may prove possible to bring the completion date forward by up to a week.
A Drop In event is now planned for Mon, 20th March in the pavilion from 5.30pm to 7pm to view the final bridge design and plans.
Message posted by Arthur Capstick on behalf of Staveley with Ings Parish Council (9.3.17)
Message from Arthur Capstick (Chairman of Parish Council);
Following a meeting last week as indicated below, the following update is available about the work on Gowan Bridge. It is obviously very disappointing that the pre-Easter weekend target is likely now to be missed and I have made this point and this will be a real issue for some of our retailers. However, I have spoken with the Site Manager today who is now very positive about the progress so who knows, we may be able to claw back some of the time lost. Let’s hope so. It makes it even more important that we put on a big show and publicise that Staveley is open when it does actually happen. Plans are being prepared for this so I hope you are all up for it!
I will place this latest information on the PC notice board, the website and in the Beehive. Please let people in your own networks know too.
Gowan Bridge: Latest information on the replacement (from Gillian Holmes, CCC Community development Officer)
Nick Raymond, Cumbria County Council Senior Manager for the flood recovery programme met with members of the Staveley Stakeholder Group on 26 January 2017 to provide an update on the Gowan Bridge construction.
Due to the delay in starting the piling, as previously informed, we are currently looking at a bridge completion date of 20 April, 2017.
We will shortly provide a timeline for the various ongoing construction stages. We are informed that the piling work is due to finish in mid-February 2017.
Following the feedback received at the drop-in session in October 2016, it has been agreed that both sides of the bridge will be fully stone faced. The footway, however will remain on the side shown on the draft design and as originally sited on the old bridge prior to Storm Desmond. This decision follows the findings of the Road Safety Audit which showed a greater safety risk if it were moved to the other side. (A further Drop In session is to be organised shortly)
The application for the permit for the main structure has been submitted to the Environment Agency (EA) who have given their assurance that they will attempt to approve it within two weeks. If for some reason there is a delay in issuing it, the EA has confirmed that work to bridge will be able to continue so as not to cause any disruption to the overall construction works.
Gowan Terrace will remain closed, under a temporary road closure, until the bridge has been reopened in April 2017.
Gill Holmes, Community Development Officer for Cumbria County Council is to provide weekly updates going forward.
A drop-in session is to be organised in the next two weeks which will be publicised via the community board, posters and email. We will show the final bridge design which will also be made available electronically for those that cannot attend. We will also hold discussions around:
• possible permanent closure of Gowan Terrace
• the option for restrictions, formal or informal, for HGVs entering the village at the southern end
• bridge opening