23 February 2012
Plans for a new arched road bridge across the River Avon in the English town of Evesham have been put on display.
Hochtief has won he design and build contract for the scheme, which will replace the existing Abbey Bridge. "Getting things right during the competitive tender process was vital to ensure the contract was awarded to the contractor aiming to keep any potential disruption to a minimum, whilst at the same time replacing this vital link offering the best value for money for the taxpayer," said councillor John Smith.
Worcestershire County Council said that work on the structure is planned to begin in October and take about a year to complete. The link to the town centre will be closed to traffic for just 10 weeks during the year-long construction of the new bridge. It had initially been thought that a 12-month closure would be needed.
The Department for Transport confirmed in December that the county council's request for funding had been successful and that more than US$12.8 million would be provided by central government. The project cost is estimated at US$20.4 million.
Replacing the existing structure is the only option as it has been slowly deteriorating for more than 60 years despite regular maintenance work.