Osprey Heavy Lift were contracted by Cleveland Bridge (UK) Ltd to supply the LG1750 mobile crane for the installation of the bridge beams forming the new Colley Lane Southern Access Road over the River Parrett in Bridgwater
The multi-million-pound project to build a much-needed link road in Bridgwater required the installation of multiple braced pairs of steel bridge beams. Each pair of beams measured 52m long, 2.2m deep and 3.8m wide with the heaviest weighing in at 156te.
The beams were fabricated off-site but each pair needed to be taken apart for transportation by road in three separate loads. The beams were then reassembled into their curved shape at the Colley Lane site with much of the work done in advance to limit the need for working over water once the beams were in place. The scheme will help ease congestion along Taunton Road and Broadway by connecting Parrett Way to Marsh Lane and provide access to the Colley Lane Industrial Estate from the south. It will also open up brownfield development sites between the River Parrett and the Taunton and Bridgwater Canal.
“Lifting a bridge into place is always an extremely complex operation but it’s testament to the skills and expertise of all those involved that they made it all look so simple”Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council -
Although the crane was supplied on a hire only basis our heavy lift experts offered technical assistance with the preconstruction preparation work to ensure the operation was delivered safely, on time and within budget.