OPTIONS to secure the long term future of Sutton Weaver Swing Bridge are being studied by British Waterways and Cheshire West and Chester council.
The bridge – which was constructed in the 1920s – requires a major overhaul to future proof it against increasing volumes of traffic using the A56 , in addition to maintaining the navigation through the continued provision of a swinging bridge.
A project team of engineers and planners is now investigating a range of technical solutions and costings, with the short and long term impacts of the project being assessed.
British Waterways says the bridge is structurally sound and operating well within its capacity.
However, Principal Waterway Engineer for North Wales and Borders Joe Murphy said maintenance issues regarding the deck plates are believed to be contributing to the decay of the road surface.
Richard Nickson, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s senior manager for Highways Network Strategy, said: “We’re looking forward to working with a range of partners to secure the future of the Sutton Weaver Swing Bridge.”