Leckwith Bridge which connects the B 4267 with the major junction with Hadfield Road, and the A4232 is to be closed from Monday to Friday (inclusive) next week.
The bridge will be closed from midnight on Sunday night February 23rd to midnight on Friday February 28th. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.
Signed diversions for traffic will be in place via Hadfield Road, Penarth Road, Barry Road, Penlan Road and the remaining open section of Leckwith Road.
Leckwith Bridge, which was originally built in 1935, is said to be in a “poor condition” and already has a weight restriction imposed on it. To avoid overloading the 80-year-old structure the road crews will be using smaller and lighter vehicles than usual.
Engineers say the road surface is rapidly deteriorating and last summer’s hot weather further weakened the surface when high temperatures brought the tarmac almost to melting point. The surface has been so badly weakened a 16-inch depth of road way is to be dug out and replaced.
Leckwith Bridge was opened in 1935 by the then Minister of Transport, Leslie Hore-Belisha – who also introduced the orange “Belisha Beacons” on zebra crossings, the 30 mph speed limit in towns and the Driving Test.
The bridge crosses the River Ely but the road continues to be carried South West on a 500 foot pre-stressed concrete viaduct towards Leckwith Hill. In its day this was considered a major piece of highways engineering .
Leckwith Bridge was built alongside the original old single-track sixteenth-century stone bridge which spans the Ely on three arches and is still in use by heavy lorries accessing local builders’ yards.