6:29 PM 5th November 2019
Hull’s New Bridge Now In Place
A new bridge which will shape the future of Hull and connect key sites in the city is now in place over the A63.
The bridge, which weighs 150 tonnes and is 60 metres long, now spans the A63 after it was wheeled into place over the weekend.
When it opens next spring the bridge, which will have a new name when it’s complete, will enable pedestrians and cyclists to cross over the busy dual carriageway.
The Highways England project, which is the first phase of the A63 Castle Street road improvement scheme, will help link the city’s marina with the southern end of Princes Quay Dock.
Highways England project manager Tom Peckitt said:
"It is fantastic to see the bridge in place and for members of the public to now see it in position. Our team worked exceptionally hard throughout the weekend to move the street furniture, prepare the route and position the bridge by wheeling it to its final destination. The team worked throughout the night after the installation to reopen the A63 15 hours ahead of schedule.
"Now the bridge is installed we will now focus on the remaining work we need to do to complete the bridge which will include installing the ramps and steps, and completing the marina platform and landscaping. We want to thank people for their support while we carried out this work and for their patience while we finish constructing the bridge."
The bridge - which is covered by a curving steel canopy – will also have sheltered viewing balconies at each end which will give members of the public a space to enjoy the views of the city and waterfront.
As part of the bridge construction there will be new landscaped public areas at both the Princes Quay and marina sides.
The bridge is being part-funded with a £4 million contribution from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s local growth fund programme, secured through its growth deals with Government and part of the Government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse.