Victoria Bridge – a gritty tale of redemption

Latest press release from Herefordshire Council: "Hereford’s Victoria Bridge is well on the path to recovery. The £725,000 project to restore the 19th century structure to its former glory is now in its second month. The bridge, which has suffered extensive deterioration due to weathering and old age, is being refurbished by specialist contractors Interserve Project Services Limited, in partnership with Owen Williams, on behalf of Herefordshire Council.

A working platform has been assembled below the bridge to enable scaffolding to be erected around the bridge and the whole structure has been “encapsulated” in plastic sheeting to protect the working area. The old bridge deck has already been removed and discarded and work has started on grit blasting the ironwork to enable inspection, repair and repainting. Work is progressing really well,” said Martin Jackson, Construction Projects Team Leader. “In spite of the unusually heavy spring rainfall and high water levels and some problems with vandalism, we’re still on schedule.” The bridge will be closed until October while the repairs are carried out. Alternative access over the river can be found 500 metres upstream on The Old Wye Bridge, next to the Left Bank Village. For further information please contact Martin Jackson, Herefordshire Council, 01432 261723."

Posted: Mon - July 3, 2006 at 09:35 AM