The work will include:
- Returning the turning mechanism to the original design parameters and replacing or refurbishing, bearings, supports, track and related items.
- Jacking up the bridge to replace the original centre bearing
- Repositioning and fixing displaced masonry blocks of the central supporting pier
- Refurbishing the internal drainage system
Minister for Infrastructure David Cretney MHK said:
‘The bridge has been partially repaired at different times over the years but now needs more extensive refurbishment to keep it fit for continued service. The overall total cost of the proposed work is £749,947 the majority of which will benefit resident companies and staff.'
The Department recognises that the works will cause inconvenience to members of the public who use the bridge and offers its sincere apologies and thanks the public for their co-operation during the period. In order to complete the project in the quickest possible time, the working hours for the project will be between 5am and 10pm each day, including the weekends. The works are scheduled to be completed by Christmas.