Salisbury bridge is leaking – but work is underway to repair it

WATER is seeping through a Salisbury bridge – with work underway to rectify the problem.

Wiltshire Council is carrying out work to waterproof the Fisherton Street Bridge as part of its routine maintenance programme.

The works involve removing the existing footpath slabs and road surface exposing the deck of the bridge.

The deck will then be prepared in readiness to receive a new spray applied waterproofing system.

Following this, the footpath slabs will be re-laid, and the road reinstated up to base level.

The council said works will be completed in two parts, with a north and south phase.

The north phase started on April 8 and is set to be completed on June 5, while the south phase will run from June 6 to July 17.

Final surfacing work will then be completed as part of the neighbouring Fisherton Gateway improvement work.

The busy bridge in Fisherton Street will be resurfaced as part of the gateway improvements. Picture: Google

The busy bridge in Fisherton Street will be resurfaced as part of the gateway improvements. Picture: Google

Cllr Nick Holder, cabinet member for highways, Street Scene and flooding, said: “Our routine inspections show there is water seeping through the bridge deck, which if left unattended, could affect the ongoing future maintenance of the structure.

“As part of our preventative approach, we are carrying out the necessary work now to reduce more expensive and time-consuming repairs in the future.

“This is in line with our Business Plan which aims to ensure we have well-connected communities.”

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He said while not funded by the money for the Fisherton Gateway project – part of a £9 million rejuvenation project – it was “sensible” to carry out the work at the same time.

“The bridge works will coincide with the improvement works being carried out and traffic management arrangements in place at the western end of the Fisherton Gateway scheme to minimise disruption to local residents and businesses,” Cllr Holder added.

“We apologise for any inconvenience but can reassure everyone that businesses in the area are open as usual.”

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