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Residents blast 'slow' work at Ringley Bridge
6:45pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
RESIDENTS claim insufficent work is being carried out to speed up the six-month Ringley Bridge closure — contradicting a pledge made by the council when the project was announced.
Extensive maintenance to the crucial road link over the River Irwell has forced its closure between Stoneclough and Radcliffe from the middle of July until December.
Many motorists have been forced to find longer alternative routes to get between the boroughs of Bury and Bolton.
Neighbours say that insufficient effort is being made to minimise disruption to their lives, with low worker numbers at night or at the weekend.
In May, Cllr Nick Peel, Bolton Council’s executive cabinet member for the environment, said every effort would be made to minimise disruption from the“unavoidable closure” — with plans put in place for weekend and night-time working.
However, Bolton Council maintain that overnight work is currently not required.
They also insist the project is set for completion in December as planned.
Steven Phythian, a 56-year-old mobile mechanic, said promises he received from the Highways Department of “flat-out, round-the-clock work” have not been fulfilled.
“It is far from a hive of activity,” commented Mr Phythian, who has lived in Scott Street, near the bridge, for 14 years.
“When I’ve walked past, there’s rarely more than half-a-dozen guys there and they don’t often seem to be breaking a sweat.”
Mr Phythian added that nobody appears to be working on the bridge on Sundays or during the evenings.
A Bolton Council spokesman said: “Contractors are working the necessary six days out of seven and no overnight work is required at this stage.
“The bulk of the work is taking place underneath the bridge currently and is probably not immediately obvious.”
The bridge work will include replacement of bearings, repairs to the steel structure and resurfacing.
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