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Cleveland Bridge renovation project

How we will manage the work

We have appointed Dyer and Butler to carry out the refurbishment. Our contractor will produce regular newsletters throughout the project, showing key stages of the refurbishment process so that everyone can see behind the scenes.

Work to Cleveland Bridge started on 4 May, with the first stage being to construct the site compound and erect scaffolding, using off-peak temporary signals to make space for the work. We had originally expected to close the bridge to traffic in early June. However, we had to do additional planning for the alternative routes, which meant the closure started on Monday 28 June.

The anticipated target to reopen to traffic at the end of September was been delayed. We now plan to have a staged re-opening in October to pedestrians, cyclists and cars under traffic light control.

Given further investigations there was a need for additional temporary supports, and these supports have been designed, approved, and independently checked before being submitted to the Highways Authority for approval. This is safety critical and pushed back the original end-of-September date for re-opening until 25th October.

Initially only pedestrians, cyclists, and cars and vehicles under 2.0metres wide , will be able to use the bridge until the repairs are fully completed.

The need for the additional temporary supports and additional repairs will extend the works into 2022, The project team continue to review options to minimise disruption and the time for completion.

Estimated project schedule
Date Project stage Traffic restriction
4 May 2021 Project start Traffic signal control 
28 June to October 2021 Main structural repair Closed to all traffic
25th October to early 2022 Additional structural works Traffic signal control, light traffic only
Early 2022 Completion works and demobilisation Traffic signal control, light traffic only

We have drawn up, and will regularly update, our own traffic management plan, which has details of how we will monitor the situation throughout the works. Exact details of the project schedule and necessary traffic restrictions are likely to change. Please check this regularly if you will be affected.

Keeping in touch

You can keep up to date by visiting our newsroom or following us on Twitter.

We are also blogging each week on Medium about our progress, as well as featuring articles of interest about Cleveland Bridge and its place in our history.

Read our blog updates

If you need to contact us about the refurbishment, please use the dedicated email address for this project cleveland_bridge@bathnes.gov.uk

You can hear from B&NES councillors and Highways team about the project in our webinar which took place in March. View our webinar on Cleveland Bridge.