Riversdale Swing Bridge

  • Sector:Transport
  • Client:Cheshire West and Chester Council
  • Location:Northwich, Cheshire
  • Value:£1.1m

Barhale were awarded this £1.1 million contract to replace a pedestrian footbridge. The project saw the replacement of a dilapidated non-functioning timber swing bridge across the River Weaver with a 28 tonne steel bridge, incorporating a rotating 32.5 metre section. The bridge is restricted to pedestrian and cycle traffic only and was manufactured by BCS, Barhale’s in house fabrication workshop in Walsall.

Due to the extremely restricted access to the site, the only means of bringing in plant, equipment, materials and the bridge components was down the river on pontoons. The bridge sections were delivered to the wharf at Hartford Bridge (1.5 miles upstream of the site), lifted by crane onto the pontoon and moved down river by a tug, before arriving at the site and being lifted into position.