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13 April 2018

19th century Newhall Road Bridge gets 21st century makeover

First published13/04/2018
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1889 and still going: Newhall Road Bridge over the River Don in Sheffield, England
A Sheffield bridge with a history dating back to the 17th century has been strengthened, repaired and restored by Amey.

Newhall Road bridge over the River Don is one of 240 road bridges and culverts in Sheffield to be given a new lease of life thanks to investment linked to Sheffield City’s €2.5 billion Streets Ahead highway maintenance contract.

The current steel structure was built around 1889 close to the location of the giant Hecla Works where manganese steel was developed. But the crossing’s history can be traced back several centuries to a time when it was a rural bridge for a packhouse, a warehouse used for curing tobacco or storing produce.

The five-month scheme was carried out Amey and tackled areas of corrosion to some of the steel structural elements as well as overall strengthening, explained Christopher Hampson, Amey structures manager.

“Although the bridge was perfectly functional, parts of the original steel trusses and a steel troughing underneath were corroded, partly as a result of its environment and road salts over the years.

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“We carried out a large number of repairs to the steelwork. A number of the original rivets were replaced with new bolts, a new concrete slab was cast on the deck and it was fully resurfaced. The bridge was completely re-painted and the stonework restored.

“It was time consuming work because it is only once you have started that you discover extra areas that require attention. Now completed, the life of the bridge has been extended by many years,” said Hampson.

The government-backed Streets Ahead programme will help Sheffield improve roads, footpaths, street lighting and other highways infrastructure.

Amey will have strengthened 40 road bridges including other historic bridges that will allow the lifting of weight restrictions. With the main five-year core investment programme almost completed, Amey will carry out regular routine and preventative maintenance to all the city’s highway structures over the next 20 years.

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