Drivers warned to expect disruption when huge abnormal load travels along ring road
MOTORISTS are being warned to expect delays when a huge metal bridge is driven through the area on low loader lorries.
The 60m (197ft) steel bridge is being transported in sections, on two vehicles which are each 34m (112ft) long and 5.2m (17ft wide), along the M4, M32 and A4174 Avon Ring Road from Hambrook all the way to Hicks Gate, where it will head along the A4, A36 and A367 to its final destination over the river Avon at Corn Street in Bath.
The low loaders will have a police escort as they travel through the area next Tuesday (May 19), and drivers are being warned there could be disruption along the route as the vehicles will travel “no faster than 12mph”.
An Avon and Somerset police spokesperson said: “Road users should expect disruption and ideally avoid the route between 10.30am and 12.30pm.”
The bridge will be on the final leg of a journey from Belgium, which includes a Ferry crossing from Zeebrugge to Tilbury in Essex and a motorway journey along the M25 and M4.
Bath & North East Somerset Council, which has ordered the Bath Quays Bridge, says it is “the first new crossing point over the River Avon in 100 years” in the city.
It will be installed later this year and carry pedestrians and cyclists.
The bridge design, by Paris engineering and architectural consultancy Marc Mimram, was chosen in an international competition commissioned by the council in 2015, with six short-listed designs voted on by the public.
For more details about the bridge visit the council's information page.
Picture: One of the bridge sections loaded on to a vehicle.