Major Doncaster road hit by more delays and closures for bridge work
Written by Rother Radio News on 26/09/2020
Motorists and pedestrians are being hit with more delays and closures on a major route into Doncaster town centre.
Work on the railway bridge over the A18 Thorne Road started back in July 2019.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic and complications with the work the project has left motorists with months of delays and closures.
The road has been closed whilst vital piling work has been completed, but is expected to stay that way for a few more weeks.
It will also be closed to pedestrians this weekend causing more disruption.
In a statement Doncaster Council said: “We’ve had a lot of questions about the piling works taking place on Thorne Road Rail Bridge (near Sainbury’s) and why they’re taking so long to finish, so we wanted to explain a bit further…
“We need to install 17 piles each going down 22 metres to make sure the new rail bridge is structurally sound to carry all the different trains.
“They are 750mm in diameter, have steel reinforcing cages and each take 15 cubic metres of concrete (that’s about 94 bath tubs full).
“The piles support the pile caps which in turn support the abutments which in turn support the bridge deck.
“The piling work was always going to be challenging, but when drilling down we have been experiencing even more problems than expected.
“We are met with sand and ground water. Getting to the depth we need and finding a hard base for the piles has been difficult and this is why the process has taken longer than we had planned.
“We continue to work with our contractor to look at different ways to speed the process up but this work has to be done right. The bridge must be structurally sound.”
In another blow the footways under the bridge will also be closed from 5pm today, September 25 until 5pm on Sunday, September 27.
Mini buses are being provided during the closure period to help transport pedestrians around the closure.
Subject to no other problems the road should re-open by October 15.