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New lamps for old at Corporation Bridge

Corporation Bridge with the original street lamps. (c) North East Lincolnshire Library Service.

Road closures in place while work is carried out

Newly refurbished lamp posts are to be installed on Grimsby’s landmark Corporation Bridge by North East Lincolnshire Council’s development services regeneration partnership.

Opened in 1928, the Grade II listed road bridge is of significant historical importance to the town.

Highways engineers have worked closely with the council’s conservation officer to restore the street lights to their original design.

Original fabrication drawings have been used to cast two new columns to replace the damaged ones, and four of the original columns have undergone extensive refurbishment. The lamp posts were removed in late 2011.

Elegant single lanterns matching the original lamps will top the columns and replace those that were fitted on the bridge in the late 1980s.

Work is due to start on Wednesday 8 May 2013 and is expected to take two days. The bridge will be closed to vehicles between 9.30am and 3.30pm while the new posts are fitted.

The section of Corporation Road affected by the road closure is between the mini-roundabout at Alexandra Retail Park and the junction with Victoria Street.

Cllr Peter Wheatley, portfolio holder for Regeneration and Environment at NELC, said: “The Corporation Bridge lamp posts have been brought up to scratch and will be installed in early May.

"This is one of Grimsby’s best known landmarks and the restoration of the posts has been sensitive to the bridge’s historical importance. They’ve been handsomely refurbished to the original design and will be in keeping with the engineered look of the bridge.”

Jason Longhurst, head of development at NELC, added: “Corporation Bridge is on a busy road in the town so we’re keen to keep disruption to a minimum. As a result, routine maintenance and inspection of the bridge lifting mechanism has been scheduled to take place at the same time as the lamp posts are installed. Pedestrians and cyclists will generally be able to cross the bridge, but it will be necessary to lift the bridge to carry out part of the proposed work.

"During this short period the bridge will have to close to all users. North East Lincolnshire Council apologises for any inconvenience caused.”