New bridge for Blackburn

A team from Capita Symonds Highway and Infrastructure is supervising an £8m project which recently saw the 800-tonne Freckleton Street Bridge moved into place


A team from Capita Symonds Highway and Infrastructure’s Blackburn office is supervising an £8m project which recently saw the 800-tonne Freckleton Street Bridge moved into place.


The project, led by technical director Faris Samin, is a central part of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council’s plans for the area’s regeneration.


The previous four-span bridge was restricted to single lane one-way traffic flow from south to north and was assessed as substandard in load carrying capacity. The new scheme, a £10m overhaul due to open in June, involves construction of a bridge and associated road-works that will also form part of the Blackburn Orbital Route.


It took a team of 26 more than four hours to manoeuvre the bridge 25m into place.


Samin said: ‘The sliding of the bridge was a key moment in what has been a complex and innovative project. Work soon got underway and we are delighted with the progress so far. It’s a milestone in terms of nearing the end of the project.’


The bridge will consist of a single 78m span steel bowstring arch with a steel/concrete composite deck carrying a dual carriageway. The footways will be carried on cantilevers from the arch ties and the arch members will be of tubular section and twin arches connected at their crowns will be provided at each edge of the deck. Substructures will be of reinforced concrete construction on piled foundations .


Funding for the scheme has been approved by the Department for Transport through the Local Transport Plan.