Northumbrian Water is completing construction work on Newburn Bridge as part of the ongoing repairs to the water main. Work started w/c 16 July and is expected to last for six weeks.
During this time, Newburn bridge will only be accessible to pedestrians and cyclists.
Traffic diversions are in place and drivers are advised to follow these as signposted. It is anticipated that this work will be completed by the end of August, allowing the bridge to fully re-open.
Andrew Blakemore, network services manager at Northumbrian Water said: “Anyone who witnessed the immediate consequences of the burst at Newburn Bridge will appreciate the tremendous power of water.
“The damage caused by the burst extended well beyond simply pipework, which meant that we needed to undertake some significant engineering work to prevent future problems.
“The pipework repairs are now complete, however we need to fully reconstruct the reinforced concrete that keeps everything in place before bringing the water main into supply.
“Our engineers are working as quickly as possible to restore the bridge back to normal. We are really sorry for any inconvenience this ongoing road closure is causing, however it’s imperative that we protect the public, our staff and thousands of customers who are served by our network in this area”
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