Bridge repairs for Castle Mills Bridge and Blue Bridge
General refurbishment and maintenance works are scheduled to take place on the city central Castle Mills Bridge from March – with works on the Blue Bridge to start once river levels have fallen.
The works on Castle Mills Bridge will be carried out on Tower Street, from Fishergate to Skeldergate Bridge. They are expected to take place between 1st March and 3rd April for five weeks, weather/river levels permitting, finishing before the Easter holidays.
This will include general painting and repairs to the bridge parapet railings, the removal of old paintwork, steelwork repairs and repainting.
The dual carriageway traffic lanes in both directions will be reduced to one lane in each direction. The traffic lane reductions will be in place 24hrs a day for 7 days/week.
The available road width will be reduced at and approaching the Castle Mills Bridge in both directions for approximately 100m. Motorists are requested to be considerate to any cyclists in this section and to not attempt overtaking of cyclists, through the single lane working. The pedestrian routes across the bridge will be redirected past the works using the closed traffic lanes.
The River Foss path and access steps at the Castle Mills Bridge will be closed whilst the works are undertaken.
Cllr Andy D’Agorne, Executive Member for Transport at City of York Council, said: “We urge residents to plan ahead, allow more time for journeys on these routes and consider alternatives and use public transport where possible. Delays are expected, so please avoid the area at peak times. The works aren’t linked to the recent flooding events and have been scheduled to take place for many months. It will be the first time the parapets/ railings have been refurbished for around 20 years, which is the lifetime of the paint used on the bridges before restoration is needed.”
The works on the Blue Bridge will take place once river levels have fallen. These will take place between the Blue Bridge Lane and New Walk (i.e. along the river Ouse riverbank side). This will include a temporary bridge being installed next to the Blue Bridge for pedestrians and cyclists, to maintain the route whilst the works are carried out safely.
The Blue Bridge will be temporarily removed to allow refurbishment including repainting and general repairs. There will be two brief closure periods to allow the bridge sections to be lifted out and returned into position. These dates / times will be notified at the Blue Bridge site when confirmed.
These periods will be near to the start and end of the works. Residents are urged to plan ahead, allow more time for journeys on these routes and to consider alternatives and to use public transport where possible.