Two bridges in South Tyneside are set to undergo repair works starting next week.
The Albert Road and Kirkstone Avenue bridges, both in Jarrow, will be refurbished through funding from the Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund.
The refurbishments will include concrete repairs, resurfacing, new bridge joints, full re-waterproofing of the bridge decks and replacement parapets. The Kirkstone Avenue footbridge will be completely removed from site to be fully refurbished, repaired and modified before being reinstalled.
The works are scheduled to start next Friday and the overall duration of the combined schemes works is expected to be around 35 weeks.
Councillor Mark Walsh, Lead Member for Housing and Transport, said: “Routine structural inspections identified the need for the bridges to undergo essential maintenance to ensure their long-term safety.
“The opportunity is also being taken on the Kirkstone Avenue bridge to remove the height restrictions and thereby enhance safety for both bridge and road users. There will also be the option to use a free taxi bus and minibus that will be provided for residents and pupils who would normally use this bridge on their daily route.
“Having a safe and efficient highways and infrastructure network is vital to support sustainable growth and help keep our businesses and communities connected.”
Esh Construction has been appointed to carry out the refurbishment of both bridges, following a competitive tender exercise.
Steve Conn, divisional director at Esh Construction, said: “We are pleased to be working with South Tyneside Council to deliver important bridge refurbishment and structural works across two busy locations in Jarrow.
“The scheme will contribute to a safe and serviceable road network which is required to keep the local community connected and support the region’s economic growth.”