Disruption as historic bridge gets £600,000 overhaul

Fatfield Bridge, Station Road, Washington which is to be closed for maintenance from September 10
Fatfield Bridge, Station Road, Washington which is to be closed for maintenance from September 10
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MAJOR maintenance work will be carried out on one of Sunderland’s oldest river crossings.

A total of £600,000-worth of essential works will take place on Penshaw Bridge, which dates back to the 1890s, and links Station Road to Worm Hill Terrace.

The planned works will last for 26 weeks.

The first eight weeks of work will see the bridge closed to traffic with diversions to the A182 Washington Highway.

The bridge will remain open to pedestrians throughout the maintenance work.

Councillor James Blackburn, Sunderland City Council’s portfolio holder for city services, said: “This major maintenance will help ensure that the city council’s oldest river crossing stays in reliable condition for many years.”

The work involves stripping the road surface down to the bridge deck and installing new waterproofing, resurfacing, steelwork repairs, repainting, refurbishment of its stonework and new traffic signals.

Work will be between 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 2pm on Saturday.

Coun Blackburn added: “We ask everyone to be patient while this important work is completed. The city council will be providing updates to residents on the maintenance timetable.”

The bridge was opened in 1891 by The Earl of Durham and including its approach road, cost £8,000 to build.