BBMM Connects Communities with installation of new footbridge on the A27 near Chichester
14 July 2015
BBMM (Balfour Beatty Mott Macdonald) installed a new footbridge on the A27 near Chichester, West Sussex.
The bridge was installed overnight on Monday (22 June) following months of preparation and will be opened to the public in the coming weeks. It will provide a safe crossing for walkers, cyclists, residents and school children.
Ian Spellacey, Balfour Beatty Highways Services Director, said:
“Working together with Highways England, West Sussex Council and the Asset Support Framework Contractor, Interserve, BBMM is proud to deliver a footbridge that connects communities and enhances the built environment.”
Peter Phillips, Highways England Asset Manager said:
“This new footbridge will provide pedestrians with a safe way to cross the busy A27. It will link communities south of the A27 with Chichester town centre, and help improve access to the leisure facilities and walking routes south of the A27. It will also be a key link to and from the new Chichester Free School. After months of planning the bridge has been successfully lifted into place. Installing the bridge deck is one of the final milestones, and we’re looking forward to opening the footbridge soon.”
The bridge took 14 weeks to build with up to 14 people per day working on it in the factory. Meanwhile the teams in Chichester have been busy creating the supports for the bridge and the access to the new ramps, which will be installed over the next couple of weeks.
The bridge, which weighs in at 65 tonnes and is 44 metres long, was transported from the manufacturer in Cardiff to Chichester on Friday (19 June). It was escorted by four police vehicles during its journey to Chichester.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald is a 70:30 joint venture between two of Britain's most established construction and consultancy companies. Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald combines Balfour Beatty's world-leading expertise in civil engineering and infrastructure services with Mott MacDonald's wide capabilities in consultancy and design services. Formed in 2002, the goal of our two parent companies is to provide service excellence in managing the nation’s strategic road network. Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald currently manages the Highways England's network in Area 4 (South East) and Area 10 (North West).
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