An extensive, six-month long programme of work to repair and maintain Boothferry Bridge on the A614 between Goole and Howden is due to start on November 3.
A reduced speed limit of 30 miles per hour will be in effect for the duration of the work, along with a one-way traffic light system and restrictions to prevent vehicles of more than 3.5 metres in width using the bridge. Some activities will require the road across the bridge to be closed completely and the first closure is planned for the evening of Sunday, November 7, from 6pm to 6am. However, access will be maintained at all times for pedestrians and cyclists.
An East Riding of Yorkshire Council spokesperson said: “Unfortunately and inevitably, the road closures will result in disruption and longer journeys for some motorists, however it is essential so that the work can be carried out safely and efficiently. We will work with our contractor throughout the duration of the construction period to minimise the duration of the road closures and mitigate the effects as far as practicable. We would like to take this opportunity to thank residents in advance for their patience and understanding with these essential works.
“To prevent disruption in the area, signed diversion routes will be in place for closures and also for wide vehicles unable to access the bridge when the width restriction is in place. We will notify residents of any future closures when we receive confirmation of these dates from the main contractor.”
The improvement scheme involves work to the structure of the bridge, as well as the reconstruction of the two footpaths alongside the approach road and the replacement of the timber footpaths on bridge itself. It will include the installation of a new steel support beam and new galvanised steel barriers on the bridge itself, as well as the replacement of joints on the bridge, the reconstruction of the road, the replacement of hydraulic pipes, work to the parapet, upgrades to the navigation lights, and other general maintenance improvements.
The work will be carried out by Breheney Civils on behalf of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council. Towards the end of last week, a compound was established on land close to the former Ferryboat Inn after the contractors set down an area of hardstanding alongside the riverbank for their equipment and machinery. It’s understood that the work was originally scheduled to begin in May but was delayed. Whilst the work is carried out, the bridge will be scaffolded and wrapped with sheeting, so won’t be able to swing open for vessels to pass. Vessels that don’t require the bridge to swing open will still be able to travel up and down the River Ouse, but vessels that do should contact the bridge operators in advance of passage by calling 01430 430256. Built between 1926 ad 1929, Boothferry Bridge replaced the ferry service near the hamlet of Booth, which was previously used to transport people across the River Ouse. It was the first road bridge across over the river.
Boothferry Bridge, captured by Sally Johnston. (03-09-19 SU)