Local people invited to see final stages of Poole Bridge refurbishment

Local people are being given a further opportunity to see first-hand the progress on the major refurbishment of Poole Bridge before it reopens to the public. 

Interserve Construction Limited is opening its site compound, located next to Poole Bridge on the town centre side, to the public on Saturday 18 November between 10am and 2pm. 

Visitors will be able to see the final stages of work and the contractor's team will be available to answer any queries. 

John Rice, Engineering Manager, Borough of Poole, said: "This has been a very complex and challenging project. We have overcome a range of problems but delivery of some key pieces of equipment has unfortunately been delayed. This includes the timber walkways which are being fabricated off-site and the totems which house the traffic lights and barriers. 

“The contractor is developing options for temporary arrangements to ensure Poole Bridge can be brought back into use as soon as possible.”

Cllr Ian Potter Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: “We’re really close to completing this key improvement project which forms part of the £23.3 million being invested in Poole’s infrastructure by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership. Poole is already benefiting from the investment in Gravel Hill and will see further major improvements to the A31 to the Port of Poole over the next few years, supporting not only travel improvements but economic growth in the area as well.” 

Darryl Allen, Project Manager for Interserve Construction, said: “We hope the public will take this opportunity to see the final works as they are happening and appreciate all the effort that has been put in by our team to overcome many challenges faced to reach this final stage.” 

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. 

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