New walkway by Via makes road crossing safer in Ordsall
Via has delivered a scheme creating a new footbridge over Goosemoor Lane in Ordsall, near Retford to provide pedestrians with a safer way to cross the lane.
The steel cantilever walkway, which cost nearly £230,000, has been fixed to the north side of the existing Ordsall Mill Bridge which carries Goosemoor Lane over the River Idle near the village.
The walkway ties in at each end with Goosemoor Lane to the east and All Hallows Street to the west.
The scheme, delivered in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council, has been paid for as part of Nottinghamshire County Council’s highways funding, which includes additional £20m over four years across the county.
The County Council’s Communities and Place Committee chairman, Councillor John Cottee who met contractors to look at the new bridge earlier this week said: “This scheme is a good example of how we are using highways investment to target residential areas with schemes which introduce new safety features where they’re required on routes used every day by people to get to and from home.
“Previously pedestrians had to use the footway on the road bridge which was less than a metre wide, but with the addition of a dedicated footbridge, this means that those on foot and vulnerable road users now have a pavement more than twice the width which in turn has meant that the carriageway of the road bridge could also be widened.”
Feasibility studies concluded that a new footbridge was the best option for improving pedestrian access across Goosemoor Lane compared with widening the existing bridge or installing signals at either end of the bridge for single file traffic and widening the footway over the bridge.
At 58 metres long, Ordsall Mill Bridge was brick built in around 1850 and has six arches, five of which span the River Idle.
Due to the narrowness of the road and limited working areas, it was necessary to close Goosemoor Lane to vehicular traffic for 15 weeks with a signed diversion.
“It’s also good to see Via have involved local sub-contractors in the delivery of the project, added Coun Cottee.
“This includes a Tuxford-based company, PMB Fabricators which fabricated and erected the steelwork for the walkway – several of its staff live in Ordsall.”
It took GABE (IS) Ltd just 11 weeks to construct the footbridge which was finished at the end of last month before Via, which manages the county’s highways network on behalf of the County Council, could begin widening the existing bridge carriageway – works that were completed earlier in the month.
Residents can check the online map on the County Council’s website which shows all the programmed improvement works. Simply enter your postcode to find out what highways works are planned this year near you.