Images of new Abbey Bridge set to go public

By Rob George 17/05 Updated: 17/05 15:30

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An image of how the new viaduct could look following the completion of the works. (s)

VALE residents are being invited to take a peek at the latest images of the new £12.86million Abbey Bridge with an exhibition which starts today (Friday).

Display boards showing some of the latest images which have been produced will be on show at Evesham Library from today as part of the planning application process.

Residents can then make comments about the work and see the designs for themselves at with a further display at the Riverside Shopping Centre next Saturday (May 26) between 11am and 3pm.

Following the consultation event, developers Hochtief will submit a planning application for the bridge in July with a decision expected by Worcestershire County Council in October.

At a briefing on Tuesday (May 15) project manager David Dales from Atkins, who are working with Hochtief on the scheme, said the work on the bridge would be carried out in three phases.

The first part of the development is scheduled to take place between October 2012 and July 2013 and will see the new viaduct foundations, bridge arches and footways to the east and west of the bridge constructed.

Mr Dales confirmed the 10 week closure of the bridge to traffic would take place from July to September 2013 to reduce the impact to motorists.

The final phase of the scheme would then take place with road markings being completed ahead of the new bridge being formally opened in November 2013.

Pedestrians will be shielded from the traffic by the new arches and will be diverted around the bridge during various phases of the work.

In the interests of safety, the children's play area within Crown Meadow will be closed for the construction period as will the Viaduct car park.

Mr Dales said: "The design we have come up with is as close as we can get to the existing structure which is already there.

"We consider Evesham to be a thriving market town and this design reflects that, the addition of banners on the bridge will, we hope, promote events in Evesham to motorists as they enter the town," he added.

As well as the event at the Riverside Shopping Centre, residents can have their say on the proposals by e-mailing abbeybridge@atkinsglobal.com or online at www.hochtief-construction.co.uk/bridges_abbeybridge.

Vale residents can also complete a freepost response card which will be available at the consultation event with all comments requested by June 8.

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