Milton cycle bridge news

This article was published in 2003, in Newsletter 47.

Milton Bridge
The main span for the Milton cycle bridge should be lowered into place along the line of the old Milton Road on September 13th and 14th, when the A14 will be closed for the weekend.

A progress report on the eagerly-awaited cycle and pedestrian bridge over the A14: reproduced from the Milton Village website.

There was a fascinating meeting of the bridge working group in February where Mowlem explained their proposals for building the bridge. Work will start with the the southern approach ramp. While that is being built, they will construct the bridge ‘Meccano’ fashion (the parts having been pre-fabricated somewhere in the North and delivered by truck) on the old A10 road between the Tesco roundabout and the A14. Work on-site should start in May or June. There will be some night-time lane closures on the A14 over the summer.

The planned opening date is December 2003 or, more likely, early in 2004. Although nothing will happen on-site for a couple of months yet, Mowlem have promised to do a presentation at Milton’s annual Parish Meeting on 28 April, at which they will explain how the construction will work. That meeting is open to anyone living or working in the parish (which includes most of the Science Park).

On the weekend of 13-14 September the A14 will be closed completely (from Friday night) and then the bridge will slowly be moved into place using four transporters each with six axles and four wheels per axle! The northern approach ramp will then be added to complete the job.