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Bristol business Eco SW to resurface award-winning city bridge following series of injuries

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Written by:   | Posted 09-March-2015 9:51

Work to resurface Meads Reach Bridge is due to start within weeks.

The bridge, which connects Temple Meads Station to Temple Quay, was closed to cyclists at the end of last year after several people suffered nasty injuries on its jagged surface.

Eco SW was appointed to resurface the bridge, and they say the work will be completed by the end of April.

It will be closed for two weeks from April 13 while work takes place.

Despite winning a prestigious Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA) award in 2009, the surface was found to be unsafe in wet weather.

The bridge will be covered with polyurea, the same coating which protects people crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge from falls.

This means the bridge should need very minimal maintenance work on it for decades to come. The bridge is also part of the national cycle path network, acting as an extension of the track to Bath which runs through the western part of the city.

A spokeswoman for Eco SW said: “We are pleased to announce that remedial works to resurface Meads’ Reach Bridge at Temple Quay are due to begin on April 13.

“We expect the works to be completed within two weeks of starting. “We have conducted slip tests in both wet and dry conditions on our proposed system and are confident in providing a robust anti-slip solution that will last for decades.

“We look forward to working with property managers GVA in making the bridge safe for cyclists and pedestrians in all weathers.”

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