Bridge work to improve safety
A scheme to widen a bridge in Bingham, to encourage more pedestrians and cyclists to use it, looks set to start in the summer.
Nottinghamshire County Council is looking to carry out the work on Tythby Road bridge to improve access to the town for people, particularly those living on the Mill Hill estate.
At present there is a pavement on only one side of the road.
The county council plans to use part of the £350,000 it received from the developers of the Mill Hill estate to help cover the cost of the work.
The council’s local transport planning officer, Mr Paul Hillier, said officers visited the site after a suggestion from Bingham Town Council.
The county council has produced several options.
It considered leaving the bridge as it is and making a pavement by narrowing the road, but Mr Hillier said this could create problems because they had already received reports of children walking to school and nearly being hit by lorries on the road.
Other options would be to widen the bridge on the western or eastern side of the road, which would cost around £400,000.
Mr Hillier said after carrying out a feasibility study, the preferred option would be to install several slabs of concrete that would be placed on top of the current bridge at a cost of around £260,000.
This would be wider than the current bridge, creating a pavement on either side for 50 metres.
Mr Hillier said: “This is by far the best option. We will get far better facilities for much less money.”
He said the council was looking at the design in detail and hoped work would start in the summer, depending on the county council’s workload and the weather.
Mr Hillier said because of the amount of work involved, the road would have to be closed although he did not know for how long.
He said he expected it would be during the school holidays to reduce disruption.
He said part of Linear Park, which runs underneath the bridge, would also have to be covered to protect it.
Mr Hillier said the scheme was designed to entice people to walk and cycle into the centre of Bingham to reduce traffic.
Currently around 3,900 vehicles a day use Tythby Road.
He said they hoped to install a cycle route on the bridge.
The county council would have to apply to Rushcliffe Borough Council to release the money and Mr Hillier said he had already been in contact with them and they sounded positive about the scheme.