Local people are being invited to see first-hand the progress on the £4.7 million major refurbishment of Poole Bridge.
Interserve Construction Limited are opening their site compound, located next to Poole Bridge on the town centre side of the channel, to the public on Saturday 18 March between 10am and 2pm.
Visitors will be able to see the works currently taking place from a vantage point close to the waters edge and hear from the contractor's team about the next phase of construction when work starts to take place above the waterline.
John Rice, Engineering Manager, Borough of Poole, said: We have encountered a series of underground obstructions and the abutment on the Hamworthy side is proving challenging, but we are now making good progress. The abutment on the Poole side is progressing well, the replacement of the control systems has started and the offsite fabrication of the new steel beams is finished and are currently being painted. We are on schedule for the first of these beams, which will support the new road deck and carry traffic over the Backwater Channel, to be delivered to site next month.
Julian McLaughlin, Head of Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: “We are pleased that the public will be able to get a close up look as the refurbishment of this historic bridge continues. I hope local people will pop down and take a look especially as most of the works taking place over the next few months will be above the water enabling people to see Poole Bridge beginning to take shape."
Darryl Allen, Project Manager for Interserve Construction, said: "Holding this event gives us a great opportunity to offer the local community an insight into what we do, and offer them the opportunity to see up close what we have managed to achieve so far."
Rob Dunford, Interim Director of Dorset LEP, said: “Dorset LEP is very pleased to see the progress being made on Poole Bridge. It has been a vital component of the transport access to the Port of Poole for 90 years. We are delighted to be able to help secure its future for the next 90 years, so it can continue to support the local economy and the great many people and businesses who use it every day.”
There are no car parking facilities on site but a pay and display car park is located opposite to the site compound on Poole Quay.