Poole Bridge has reopened for public use this afternoon following an extensive refurbishment programme.
Julian McLaughlin, Head of Growth and Infrastructure, Borough of Poole, said: “The contractor, Interserve, has advised that all the outstanding works and safety checks have been completed, so the council has now taken back possession of the bridge. There are some minor visible defects for the contractor to resolve under the contract, but we are pleased to confirm that the bridge is again reopen for public use.
“The wait for a reopening date has been frustrating for everyone. Once again, we would like to apologise to residents, especially people living in Hamworthy, for the inconvenience caused by the delays. This has been a complex and challenging project, but it has been important not to compromise on quality or engineering standards. It would have been wrong to reopen the bridge before it was properly tested and we were confident it was safe and reliable.”
The refurbished bridge now benefits from wider approach spans and walkways, easing traffic congestion and creating a safer experience for pedestrians and cyclists. The project also ensures the town will continue to benefit from its two-bridge crossing into the long term.
Cllr Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transportation, Planning and Regeneration, Borough of Poole, said: “It is good news that Borough of Poole has taken back control of Poole Bridge. We have had to wait much longer than was originally envisaged to complete this project, but the outcome is a newly refurbished bridge that will provide a better journey for people travelling to and from Hamworthy for many years to come.”
Lorna Carver, Dorset Local Enterprise Director, said: "We very much welcome the completion of this critical infrastructure project in Poole."
Limited and temporary overnight planned closures will be place in February to allow the contractor to complete some finishing touches to the bridge. Pedestrians and cyclists shall still be able to cross the bridge using one footway during the overnight closures.
More information about scheduled overnight closures.