Major upgrade works have begun today, 25th July, to bolster a Bedfordshire bridge in Oakley, to ensure it maintains its strength and stability for drivers and passengers for decades to come.
The Highfield Road Bridge acts to carry road traffic safely over a portion of the Midland Main Line between Bedford and Wellington and requires maintenance to support its historic foundations. The works will see reinforcement measures taken through Network Rail and their engineers; set be carried out over the coming months.
Whilst the teams of workers are undertaking this project, they will also be using the time to carry out careful inspections of the historic infrastructure and repair any unknown damages that exist outside of the schemes core goal. The extra maintenance will hopefully reduce the need for future works of this nature, allowing budgetary allocations free for different future rejuvenation requirements across the rail network.
To see this initiative conducted safety, temporary scaffolding must be erected on a section of Highfield Road, that will be required to be partially closed to cars on weekdays from Monday 25 July until Friday 2 September. This road will remain fully open and accessible in both directions throughout the weekend during this period.
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