Twin Sails bridge: no solution yet as asphalt removed from road surface

Twin Sails bridge: no solution yet as asphalt removed from road surface

Twin Sails bridge: no solution yet as asphalt removed from road surface

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ALL of the road surface has been removed from Poole’s Twin Sails Bridge.

After first cracks appeared in the surface on the lifting leaves and then lumps fell away, engineers are now considering how to fix the problem.

The first stage has been to scrape away the layers of asphalt covering the £21.6million Poole Harbour lifting bridge.

Jim Bright, Borough of Poole strategic director said: “We can confirm that the contractor has removed the road surfacing from both the bridge’s lifting leaves.”

He said: “An investigation into the cause of the defect is ongoing. Appropriate remedial work has yet to be agreed.”

The problems arose following load testing just before the official celebrations on March 9, when a defect arose in a small area of road surface on both lifting leaves.

However, over that weekend, bits of road fell away when the bridge was lifted. Contractor Hochtief (UK) found the rubble from a patch 20m by 7m, in pieces measuring up to 30cm long, when the bridge was lowered on the Monday morning.

A visit by the Princess Royal went ahead that afternoon, when she was driven across the Twin Sails Bridge before visiting the control room and pressing the button to open the leaves.

The princess, who is patron of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, was interested to hear about the problems the bridge had encountered and had the details explained to her by Mr Bright and Julian McLaughlin, head of transportation services.

Once the investigations are complete the council will publish a programme of works, which could include a closure of the Back Water Channel in order to resurface the road.

It is not known exactly when the Twin Sails Bridge will open to traffic.

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9:02am Wed 21 Mar 12

Morrigan says...

What an absolute FARCE this has been. Almost a month AFTER it was supposed to open and they still cannot give us a date when it actually WILL OPEN!
What an absolute FARCE this has been. Almost a month AFTER it was supposed to open and they still cannot give us a date when it actually WILL OPEN! Morrigan
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9:04am Wed 21 Mar 12

Reader Echo says...

Total and gross incompetence on behalf of Poole Council and the contractor.

Sack the pair of them as they are both un-accountable bumbling buffoons that are intent on wasting our money.
Total and gross incompetence on behalf of Poole Council and the contractor. Sack the pair of them as they are both un-accountable bumbling buffoons that are intent on wasting our money. Reader Echo
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9:09am Wed 21 Mar 12

darcyknows says...

stick it down with superglue.
stick it down with superglue. darcyknows
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9:10am Wed 21 Mar 12

mookie44 says...

Is it me or does the amount this bridge cost change on every article?? 21m, 30m, 40m
Is it me or does the amount this bridge cost change on every article?? 21m, 30m, 40m mookie44
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10:13am Wed 21 Mar 12

peopleareidiots says...

Absolute farce with our money again! Just like the surf reef and imax a complete waste of money. Surely its verging on criminal to waste money like that when there are so many other good causes that could have benefited from that money, hospitals, schools.......better than throwing it down the drain. hopefully who ever awarded the contract for the bridge should be sacked.......i'm sure the back-hander they got from the contractors will see them through!
Absolute farce with our money again! Just like the surf reef and imax a complete waste of money. Surely its verging on criminal to waste money like that when there are so many other good causes that could have benefited from that money, hospitals, schools.......better than throwing it down the drain. hopefully who ever awarded the contract for the bridge should be sacked.......i'm sure the back-hander they got from the contractors will see them through! peopleareidiots
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10:14am Wed 21 Mar 12

breachloader says...

What chance now?
This bridge is designed by CAD and is at the limit of tolerance when 50 tonne lorry crosses. A certain amount of flex so the tarmac has to bend.
The bridge rises and the mass of road surface compresses downwards making a flexible surface impractical. When the surface flexes it will detatch from the smooth mild steel base, a message to the designer, GCSE science, FRICTION.
I thought this was a good enough bridge untill I went under it, flimsy, half as strong as it should be. Forget using this for large vehicles, a cycle/walking bridge is all it's good for.
What chance now? This bridge is designed by CAD and is at the limit of tolerance when 50 tonne lorry crosses. A certain amount of flex so the tarmac has to bend. The bridge rises and the mass of road surface compresses downwards making a flexible surface impractical. When the surface flexes it will detatch from the smooth mild steel base, a message to the designer, GCSE science, FRICTION. I thought this was a good enough bridge untill I went under it, flimsy, half as strong as it should be. Forget using this for large vehicles, a cycle/walking bridge is all it's good for. breachloader
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11:07am Wed 21 Mar 12

Brian Clements says...

Having waited since 1999 when, as Leader of the Council, I supported the project being started I may be biased but I still think it will be a super bridge and a credit to Poole once this problem is sorted. In the meantime we should be patient. The council has paid one company to design the bridge and another to build it. It should NOT agree to take it over until we are sure the work is satisfactory. Accepting it before that, just to be able to quote a date would be foolish. I wouldn't pay a contractor who worked for me until I was satisfied with the work.
Having waited since 1999 when, as Leader of the Council, I supported the project being started I may be biased but I still think it will be a super bridge and a credit to Poole once this problem is sorted. In the meantime we should be patient. The council has paid one company to design the bridge and another to build it. It should NOT agree to take it over until we are sure the work is satisfactory. Accepting it before that, just to be able to quote a date would be foolish. I wouldn't pay a contractor who worked for me until I was satisfied with the work. Brian Clements
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12:08pm Wed 21 Mar 12

Old Colonial says...

breachloader, you've hit the spot. The 'world class contractor and designer have a good record in producing 'iconic' foot and cycle bridges. But..............
breachloader, you've hit the spot. The 'world class contractor and designer have a good record in producing 'iconic' foot and cycle bridges. But.............. Old Colonial
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12:12pm Wed 21 Mar 12

ben111 says...

Can we have a monorail next
Can we have a monorail next ben111
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1:08pm Wed 21 Mar 12

large_cheese says...

Is this Pooles answer to the Bournemouth Surf Reef! Bit more pricey mind! Maybe it will work in 3 years.
Is this Pooles answer to the Bournemouth Surf Reef! Bit more pricey mind! Maybe it will work in 3 years. large_cheese
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1:34pm Wed 21 Mar 12

Pablo23 says...

It'll be alright. Its the develoepr that will cover the cost of repair.

You'll look back and chuckle about it in years to come
It'll be alright. Its the develoepr that will cover the cost of repair. You'll look back and chuckle about it in years to come Pablo23
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5:06pm Wed 21 Mar 12

gayle56 says...

my hubby says would hardwood planking not be a possible alternative to tarmac for the bridge bolted on to the struckture.
my hubby says would hardwood planking not be a possible alternative to tarmac for the bridge bolted on to the struckture. gayle56
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5:30pm Wed 21 Mar 12

The HOF@hamworthy says...

As a resident in Hamworthy Why oh Why do we have a bridge opening at 7.45am when everybody is going to work or on a school run!! This timetable is for when TWO bridges are operating not the one (Old one at that)bridge. Why can't they go back to the 'old' timetable until both bridges are working???? There again the council or the constructor haven't got a clue on that either!!
As a resident in Hamworthy Why oh Why do we have a bridge opening at 7.45am when everybody is going to work or on a school run!! This timetable is for when TWO bridges are operating not the one (Old one at that)bridge. Why can't they go back to the 'old' timetable until both bridges are working???? There again the council or the constructor haven't got a clue on that either!! The HOF@hamworthy
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11:11pm Wed 21 Mar 12

aarongalle85 says...

whey im in a pictuce
whey im in a pictuce aarongalle85
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8:42am Thu 22 Mar 12

crystallady says...

mookie44 wrote:
Is it me or does the amount this bridge cost change on every article?? 21m, 30m, 40m
I heard it was 36M
[quote][p][bold]mookie44[/bold] wrote: Is it me or does the amount this bridge cost change on every article?? 21m, 30m, 40m[/p][/quote]I heard it was 36M crystallady
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8:49am Thu 22 Mar 12

crystallady says...

Brian Clements wrote:
Having waited since 1999 when, as Leader of the Council, I supported the project being started I may be biased but I still think it will be a super bridge and a credit to Poole once this problem is sorted. In the meantime we should be patient. The council has paid one company to design the bridge and another to build it. It should NOT agree to take it over until we are sure the work is satisfactory. Accepting it before that, just to be able to quote a date would be foolish. I wouldn't pay a contractor who worked for me until I was satisfied with the work.
I wouldn't either. Let's hope they have not paid yet. I also hope there is a clause in the contract against the contractor.
[quote][p][bold]Brian Clements[/bold] wrote: Having waited since 1999 when, as Leader of the Council, I supported the project being started I may be biased but I still think it will be a super bridge and a credit to Poole once this problem is sorted. In the meantime we should be patient. The council has paid one company to design the bridge and another to build it. It should NOT agree to take it over until we are sure the work is satisfactory. Accepting it before that, just to be able to quote a date would be foolish. I wouldn't pay a contractor who worked for me until I was satisfied with the work.[/p][/quote]I wouldn't either. Let's hope they have not paid yet. I also hope there is a clause in the contract against the contractor. crystallady
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3:31pm Thu 22 Mar 12

portia6 says...

To all Hamworthians let the
train take the strain its roomier
and quicker only 10minutes into
Poole!
To all Hamworthians let the train take the strain its roomier and quicker only 10minutes into Poole! portia6
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8:43pm Thu 22 Mar 12

LoriHall says...

Pattern of incompetence emerging? If the bridge or the surf reef were paid for out of the councils own pockets they'd make sure the job would be done properly and not by "cowboy builders". I think its almost disrespectful the way they waste money.
Pattern of incompetence emerging? If the bridge or the surf reef were paid for out of the councils own pockets they'd make sure the job would be done properly and not by "cowboy builders". I think its almost disrespectful the way they waste money. LoriHall
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