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Upton Bypass bridge protection

Bridge protection barriers

In January 2018 we will be returning to the Upton Bypass to install new protection barriers for three bridges that cross over the road.

At the moment the piers (legs) of the A350 overbridges and Brickworks Bridge are vulnerable to severe damage if a large vehicle on the Upton Bypass were to hit them, so we plan to replace the existing steel barriers with higher concrete ones.

Because of the overall length of time the work will take, we'll be building the concrete protection in two stages - to avoid working in the summer months.

Stage 1 - completed 21 April 2017

  • A35 westbound carriageway widening
  • A350 bridge westbound central pier protection
  • A350 bridge eastbound central pier protection
  • A35 eastbound drainage improvements
  • A350 overbridge 'coping unit' replacement
  • Brickworks Bridge westbound central pier protection
  • Brickworks Bridge eastbound central pier protection

Stage 2 - January 2018

  • A350 bridge westbound verge pier protection
  • A350 bridge eastbound verge pier protection
  • A35 westbound drainage improvements
  • A35 resurfacing in the works area under the A350 bridges
  • Brickworks Bridge westbound verge pier protection
  • Brickworks Bridge eastbound verge pier protection

This £1m bridge protection work is part of our £15m highways maintenance programme.

Bridge protection - national standards

Around eight years ago, following a change in the national standards, we started a programme of protecting bridge piers that could be demolished if they were hit by a big vehicle.

Sites protected so far include:

  • B3067, Policeman's Lane Bridge
  • Somerford Roundabout footbridge
  • A30 Shaftesbury
  • A338 bridges (as part of rebuild)

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