Bolton Council has confirmed that Ringley Bridge will be closing for major refurbishment work between July and December.
Major bridge works will start on the bridge on 15 July 2013 and due to the nature and complexity of the work, Ringley Road/Kearsley Road will be closed at the bridge to all traffic and pedestrians until mid-December 2013.
The works will include bearing replacement and refurbishment, repair, cleaning and painting of steel structure, replacement of waterproofing, expansion joints and surfacing.
Local residents and road users are advised to find an alternative route for the duration of the works. Every effort will be made to minimise the duration of the works and measures have already been put in place for weekend working and some night working where appropriate.
Councillor Nick Peel, Executive Cabinet Member for Environment, Regulatory Services and Skills said: “Unfortunately the work will require the complete closure of the bridge to traffic and pedestrians from July until mid-December as extensive maintenance is required to ensure it continues to be useable in the future.
“The closure is unavoidable but every effort will be made to minimise the duration of the works and measures have been put in place for weekend and some night time working.
“We understand that this will impact on travel plans for local residents and have written to them now to allow the maximum time possible for them to find alternative routes before the work starts on July 15.
“Signs will also be erected on main roads approaching from Bolton, Salford and Bury advising drivers to avoid the area and use alternative routes.
“We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause and ask local residents and road users for their patience. An information line for further details is available on 01204 336677 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.”