Work ensures future of Clyde Bridge
Published Thursday, 08 September 2011
Maintenance work at the Clyde Bridge over the River Clyde has been carried out to ensure its long-term future.
More than invested £38,000 was invested in the project on the steel girder bridge which was built in 1831 to carry traffic over the Clyde between Motherwell and Hamilton.
The work was carried out by North and South Lanarkshire Council who consulted with SEPA and other interested parties throughout to ensure the minimum impact on the river environment.
The bridge stands on three spans supported on masonry abutments and piers embedded into the ground below the water level.
The project was undertaken following the floods in England and Wales a few years ago when a number of bridges were washed away. The government advised all local authorities to review bridges within their area which may be susceptible to the, often undetected, erosion below the water line.
Councillor Chris Thompson, the chair of South Lanarkshire Council's Enterprise Resources Committee, said: "This was a particularly complex piece of work but vital to ensure the continued safety of the bridge.
"We were delighted to work in partnership with our colleagues in North Lanarkshire Council in delivering this improvement to an important structure linking our two authorities."
And Councillor James Coyle, Convener of North Lanarkshire Council's Planning and Transportation, added: "Over time the action of the river around the piers washes away some of the ground they are built on.
"Our bridge engineers brought in specialist divers to assess the level of scouring at the Clyde Bridge and, although the safety of the bridge was not affected, we have now taken action to restore the material that has been washed away. It's a matter of good practice to keep the bridge up to the original design and construction standards."