Investigation work remains ongoing on the Twin Sails Bridge with all efforts being made to ensure the bridge will be operational as soon as possible.
The Council, in conjunction with its engineering sub-contractors, are examining the lifting mechanism on the Hamworthy side of the bridge. This is a complex piece of work which requires expert advice to identify the best method of repair to avoid further damage to the bridge.
Julian McLaughlin, Head of Growth and Infrastructure, Borough of Poole, said: “Following the advice from the sub-contractor, the bridge has been closed while we investigate a grating noise coming from a hydraulic cylinder when the bridge is being raised. We believe this is a serious fault, not easily rectified, but will know more once further exploratory work is completed.
“We are making every effort to ensure the bridge is operational and reopened to road users as soon as possible. We have made interim adjustments to the traffic signals to ease traffic delays at Blandford Road and Rigler Road. We recognise the inconvenience this is causing to local people and would like to thank everyone for their patience while this process takes place.”
Cllr Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Planning, Regeneration and Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: “The Council is fully committed to maintaining a two bridge system to ease congestion around the town. I remain in close contact with the engineering team and together we are committed to providing regular updates as we get more confirmed information, to help keep people informed on progress.”