Repairs on bridges is completed

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REPAIRS to a number of bridges on the A189 Spine Road have been completed after a six-month programme to replace and overhaul parapets.

Work began at the Boghouses bridge just west of the Three Horseshoes roundabout in October last year and finished with parapets work between Moor Farm roundabout and the Bebside interchange.

Northumberland County Council worked with its in-house construction team to minimise disruption during the repairs.

Two lanes were open around the Bebside roundabout during peak times and where slip roads had to be closed queues were monitored to ensure the slow lane of the Spine Road did not get blocked by traffic.

Works at the Bay Horse subway were also programmed to be done overnight due to the proximity of the bridge to the busy Moor House Farm roundabout.

Coun Alan Thompson, executive member for highways and transport with the county council, said: “I would like to thank all of the team involved in this project which has run very smoothly with minimum disruption.

“It has obviously been well planned and I am pleased the structures are now safe and secure for the future.”

The project is part of the council’s £18m programme to maintain its 3,000-mile road network, which includes more than 1,200 bridges.