Construction of new bridge completed on schedule

Published on: Monday, 12-October-2015

A new bridge providing an impressive gateway at the Knowsley / Liverpool boundary was successfully constructed over the weekend.

The replacement Greystone Road footbridge spans the M62 between Junctions 4 and 5, and is an eye-catching cable-stayed structure.

The replacement works involved more than 20,000 man hours, 100 tonnes of steel and 200 cubic metres of reinforced concrete. The project has been completed on schedule with the motorway reopening on time this morning.

The new bridge is funded by Knowsley Council and provides pedestrian and cyclist facilities which link the communities on either side of the motorway. It will be used by more than 400 people each day.

Cllr Mike Murphy, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “The new bridge is a truly impressive structure and I’m confident it’ll soon become a well-recognised landmark.

“The construction process has been a huge piece of work, with the installation of the bridge being completed in just one weekend. Whilst we know the closure of the M62 caused some disruption, this was kept to a minimum by ensuring the project was completed on schedule.

“This is a structure which I’m sure will be taken to the hearts of local people and will be used by many generations to come.”

The temporary traffic management on the M62 will remain in place for another three weeks whilst work is finished – these arrangements are unchanged from previous weeks and involve hard shoulder running together with narrowed lanes, but the disruption from this will be minimal.

It is hoped that the bridge will be opened for use soon and until then the shuttle bus service will remain in place.

The previous bridge, known locally as the ‘sausage bridge’ was demolished over one weekend in August. A time-lapse video of the installation can be seen on the council’s You Tube channel.  You can also see a timelapse video of the demolition.

A video explaining the history of the former bridge and the reasons for its replacement can also be viewed on the YouTube Channel.

If you haven’t seen the new bridge yet, you can watch a short video on the You Tube channel.