Hull’s new Castle Street bridge: A63 closure…

Hull’s new Castle Street bridge: A63 closure diversion routes, key times and and where to watch
2019-11-01 15:00:00
We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see ourPrivacy Noticefor details of your data protection rightsCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA major operation to move an eye-catching new footbridge into place over Hull’s busiest road this weekend is about to start. Normally, Castle Street in the city centre carries nearly 50,000 vehicles every day. But from 8pm tonight the dual carriageway will be closed to traffic between the Mytongate junction and Roger Millward Way until Monday morning. The closure will allow Highways England contractors to move the 150-tonne structure from the Myton retail park car park where it has been assembled over the past few months to its final destination between the southern end of Princes Dock and the Marina. Two giant remote-controlled transporters will be used to carry the 60 metre-long bridge the short distance along the A63 before swinging it into position. Here’s what to expect over the weekend. The Castle Street foot bridge is being build and welded together in the old Staples car park at the back of Princes Quay, Myton Street, Hull. (Image: Jerome Ellerby) Friday The road closure comes into force from 8pm tonight. Although the bridge is not expected to start moving until early Saturday afternoon, the early closure will allow extensive preparations to be made along the schedule route. This work will include removing street lights, road signs and guard rails as well installing extra safety fencing. Saturday Weather conditions will determine exactly when the operation to actually move the bridge gets underway. The southern end of Princes Dock where the new bridge will stand (Image: Jerome Ellerby) Forecasts suggest gusty early morning winds will subside by lunchtime. If this happens, it’s expected the move will start some time in the late afternoon. There are contingency plans in place to postpone the move until next weekend if the weather takes an unexpected turn for the worst over the next 24 hours. Sunday Shifting the steel frame of the crossing into place isn’t going to be a five-minute job. Current estimates suggest it will finally be where it should by mid-Sunday. Monday Assuming everything goes to plan, the A63 will re-open to traffic on 6am on Monday. Diversions Eastbound traffic will be diverted off the A63 at the Mytongate junction. The diversion route follows Ferensway and Freetown Way before crossing North Bridge. Motorists will then have the option of using Great Union Street to reconnect with the A63 at the new roundabout on Roger Millward Way next to the main entrance to Victoria Dock. The bridge structure is 60 metres long and weighs 150 tonnes (Image: Jerome Ellerby) Alternatively, drivers can follow Witham to the Mount Pleasant junction before heading south to join the old Hedon Road. Access to the eastbound dual carriageway will be via the Southcoates Lane junction near Hull Prison. Westbound traffic will be diverted off t


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