240-tonne bridge installed over M54

A new 240-tonne bridge has been installed over the M54 as part of a major overnight engineering operation over the weekend.

The single-span accommodation bridge, which stretches 45 metres over the motorway, is part of wider plans to develop the i54 South Staffordshire site.

To allow engineers to winch the giant structure in safely, both carriageways between junctions 2 and 3 were closed on Saturday night.

Bridge parts had been delivered to a near compound early in the summer where it was pieced together.

Just after 11.30 pm on Saturday, crews began gently lifting the bridge over the floodlit motorway carriage way. The motorway was reopened at 10am on Sunday.

Cllr Mike Maryon, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said:“Projects likes these are the “nuts and bolts” of the i54 South Staffordshire scheme.

“Our engineers worked through the night to move the bridge into place and I am delighted that everything went to plan.”

The new bridge will replace an existing bridge in Middle Lane, which needs to be moved to allow access to the business park, and will be used for access to wastewater treatment works and as a footpath and bridleway.

It will be used for construction traffic over the next few months and will be open to members of the public next year.

 

 
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