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Scott Street Bridge to be demolished by Eric Wright Civil Engineering

Infra News - Published on Fri, 29 May 2020

Image Source: Scott Street Bridge
Specialist contractor Eric Wright Civil Engineering has been appointed to dismantle Scott Street Bridge with work due to start later this year. The grade two-listed bridge, which was decommissioned in the 1990s, was thrust into the limelight in January 2018 when Banksy used it as a canvass to create a work depicting a figure of a young boy brandishing a pencil for a sword called “Draw the Raised Bridge”. The artwork was later posted on Banksy’s official Instagram page. The artwork was carefully removed by being cut off one of the decks in October 2019 and moved to a safe location while a decision is made on where it should be displayed.

But now the bridge itself is set to finally disappear as Hull City Council announced civil contractor Eric Wright Civil Engineering has been appointed to carry out the work following an open tender process.

Plans to remove the grade two-listed bridge were developed in conjunction with Historic England, after the structure was deemed as a risk to river traffic.

Scott Street Bridge closed to traffic in 1994, due to its extremely poor structural and mechanical condition. Since then, the bridge has remained in the raised, upright position, structurally supported by steel ties.

Current inspections of its condition have concluded that dismantlement and removal is now the only viable course of action to prevent an uncontrolled collapse of the structure. Engineers found the transverse girders of the 117 year old structure to be on the point of failure and warned that even a bridge strike of minor proportions could lead to complete failure of the bridge leaf.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Fri, 29 May 2020
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