Lift Off For Major M62 Bridge Work
A small army of engineers, working under Ouse Bridge to maintain the iconic structure for the thousands of drivers who cross over it every day, are preparing to start work on the next stage of the major project.
More than 30 specialists, working out of sight, 22 metres above ground are replacing the bearings on the mile long bridge which carries the M62 over the River Ouse.
Bridge bearings are the part of a bridge which allows the bridge to move in a controlled way when under the stresses and strains of traffic and during changes in temperatures and weather.
On Saturday (12 January) a total of 16 jacks will be used on the eastern side of the bridge to lift it off the existing bearings so they can be replaced.
Highways England project manager Russell Mclean said:
“These bearings have been in place since the bridge opened in 1976 and it’s now time for them to be replaced.
“To replace the bearings we will be lifting the bridge by 5mm which will remove the pressure from the old bearings. Traffic will still be able to use the bridge once it has been lifted as new temporary bearings will be in position.”
This complex engineering scheme will see the team replace 48 bearings this year. Work to the safety barrier on the bridge will also take place and a temporary barrier and reduced speed limit of 50mph will be in place on the bridge as a safety precaution while this is carried out. All 208 bridge bearings will be replaced over the next 2 years.
During the project there will be a number of overnight closures of the M62 to allow engineers to lower and lift the bridge, details of the closures will be advertised in advance.
Ouse Bridge was opened in 1976 and was the last section of the main part of the M62 which stretches east to west from Liverpool to Hull for 107 miles.
Lift Off For Major M62 Bridge Work, 7th January 2019, 19:18 PM