First look at new A63 pedestrian bridge as it arrives…

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First look at new A63 pedestrian bridge as it arrives…

First look at new A63 pedestrian bridge as it arrives in Hull
2021-12-09 05:00:00
A second new pedestrian bridge destined to span Hull's busiest road has arrived in the city. The 37m-long structure is currently in two sections being welded together close to the site where it will eventually be winched into place over the A63 in the city centre. For the latest transport news, click here. The bridge will provide a pedestrian route over Castle Street from Porter Street on the north side of the dual carriageway to St James Street to the south. As well as the bridge itself, up to 140 tonnes of steelwork will be used to create the ramp and stairs. Artist’s impression of how the Porter Street footbridge will look over the A63 (Image: Highways England) Its functional design is in sharp contrast to the award-winning Murdoch's Connection bridge which is already in place over the A63 near Hull Marina. National Highways' project manager on the £355m A63 improvement scheme Fran Oliver said she was still a fan. Speaking at a council scrutiny meeting, she said: “I can't promise Porter Street bridge is going to be as nice as Murdoch's Connection but I really like it, especially the colour – a beautiful emerald green!” She added: “It arrived in two sections and is currently being welded together under a tent to protect it from the elements. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now “It will take a couple of months but it should be ready for installation in early 2022. We are also looking to install it at night so it would only mean an overnight closure of the road itself.” She said the huge civil engineering project to upgrade the route was currently on schedule to be largely completed by the Autumn of 2024 when it is expected to be fully open to traffic. Remaining work on the project is expected to be completed by Spring 2025. She said construction work on a new underpass along a section of the route was now well underway with 175 supporting wall panels due to be installed over the coming months. Most of the work is being carried out underground by a specialist tunnelling company. The underpass will carry east and westbound traffic with a new road being built above connecting the southern end of Ferensway with Commercial Road. Ms Oliver said archaeological work at the former Trinity Burial Ground next to Castle Street was now nearly complete after the recent late discovery of the remains of a medieval wall at the site. Never miss the latest news from Hull and East Yorkshire by signing up for updates here, click here.

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