A date has finally been set to get rid of Nuneaton’s most notorious lorry-battered bridge.
Warwickshire County Council has pencilled in the last two weekends in August to start the work to bring down the disused railway bridge in Old Hinckley Road.
For years it has been at the centre of frustrating traffic congestion after too-large lorries and vehicles have become wedged underneath it.
But Councillor Jeff Clarke, cabinet member for highways at Shire Hall, said they hope to get the work completed on the weekends of August 24 and 25 and August 31 and 1 September.
If complications are caused, then the works will be moved to the October half term – to lesson the disruption to traffic in the area.
“We have those weekends at the end of August pencilled in, as long as we can get everything in place and we can get the contractors in, that is when we are looking to achieve the works,” he said.
Concerns about the bridge were first flagged to him when he was a Nuneaton and Bedworth borough councillor in 1998 and, when he was elected onto the county council in 2010, the work started to get the bridge removed.
“It has been a long process, we had to find out who owned the bridge, once we established the ownership, we had to convince them to give it up, it has not been easy,” he said.
The bridge removal is part of a package of works planned for the area using cash from the government Stuck lorry.
“Hopefully this is the start and we will see less disruption in the area. This will be short term pain for long, long term gain, with no more bridge strikes going forward.”
He added: “The works will be at weekends, in the school holidays, to help reduce the disruption to the network. Hopefully road-users will understand the short-term pain for the greater good.”