Poole Bridge, Poole
Start Date: 01/04/2015 End Date: December 2017
Growth Deal funding up to £23,310,000
Funding Allocated to Borough of Poole Council
Project Summary - Five transport schemes to improve access into and around the Port of Poole. The investment will help drive local economic growth and bring an anticipated £500 million of leveraged private investment in to the area.
Poole Bridge is the older of the two bridges which provide vehicular access to the Port of Poole. The lifting bridge was opened in 1927. It spans the busy, narrow Backwater Channel between Poole Harbour and Holes Bay to the north. It forms part of the A350 and provides a direct road link between Poole town centre and the suburb of Hamworthy. It is a critical element of the local road network providing access to the busy and growing commercial port.
- Demolishing the existing reinforced concrete decks and their supporting steel beams.
- Replacing new decks and their supporting infrastructure.
- Widening the approach roads and spans to accommodate a wider carriageway (6.5 metres), allowing wider vehicles to pass each other more easily.
- Creating 2.5-metre-wide footways on either side to aid the safe movement of pedestrians.
These projects contribute to the wider Port of Poole outcomes.