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Jackson start works on Catholic Bridge project

Jackson recently started work on the Catholic Bridge project in Witham, Essex for Essex Highways.

Originally constructed in 1842, Catholic Bridge consists of eight cast iron beams with brick jack arches. Strengthening works were undertaken with the installation of trestle supports during the Second World War and a second set of supports were installed in the 1990’s.

In 2014, three of the cast iron beams were identified as unsafe during a support inspection and as a result, temporary supports were installed to keep the bridge in use.

This £1.27m project will include the removal of temporary supports to install a permanent culvert under the existing road bridge which carries the B1389 Newland Street/Colchester Road.

Stephen Christian, Senior Contracts Manager said: “This is a technically challenging scheme, particularly with regard to the temporary works, which we’ve designed to create a working space which will give us enough room to construct the reinforced concrete pedestrian underpass under the existing bridge.”

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