North East Lincolnshire Council and its regeneration partner, ENGIE, are preparing for further investigative works from Monday 28 June for one week.
Engineers and specialist contractors will be inspecting the control tower and the bridge deck to further understand the level of work required and the current condition of the structure as detailed design planning continues.
As part of the investigative works, the bridge will be lifted on Thursday 1 July for an inspection of the underside of the bridge and the lifting mechanisms. This lift also forms part of the routine maintenance for the bridge.
To ensure the safety of the workforce, a full daytime road closure will be in place each day between 9:30am and 4pm. The section of Corporation Road affected by the road closure will be between the mini roundabout at the entrance to Alexandra Retail Park and the junction with Victoria Street.
Advanced warning signs and a signed diversion route will be in place. Businesses in the area have been informed.
Access for pedestrians and cyclists will generally be maintained across the bridge, but there will be short periods of times when this is not possible.
Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “The refurbishment works to Corporation Road Bridge are going to be significant and allow us to safeguard the bridge for many years to come. It is a jewel in the crown for many in Grimsby and we are committed to bringing the bridge back to its former glory.
“We continue to engage with Historic England and local heritage and historical experts as we develop the programme of works and will continue to provide engagement opportunities for residents and businesses to have their say and feed into the proposals at the relevant stages.
“As previously stated, works will take 12 to 18 months to complete, dependent on the final programme and appointing a contractor.
“In an effort to reduce disruption to businesses in the area and support residents in accessing shops over the Christmas period, we have postponed the initial summer 2021 start date to January 2022.
“This change will allow the bridge to remain open during a busy period and support businesses as they continue to recover from COVID-19 and the lockdown periods.”
The council and ENGIE will be carrying out further engagement in the coming months with residents and businesses once the detailed design work is complete and a full traffic management proposal is in place. This will provide a further opportunity for people to comment on the scheme and raise any specific concerns about access and the design.
The Corporation Road Bridge refurbishment is a £4.967m scheme – funded by £2.967m from the Department for Transport, £1.83m set aside by the Council and a further £170,000 from the Local Transport Fund.