More on the Twin Sails Bridge: the bridge is being closed again. It will shut overnight tonight for a series of tests and adjustments to be carried out. The structure opened to traffic last month - two months after it was supposed to. Parts of the road surface fell away.
Poole's Twin Sails Bridge will be closed to road traffic and pedestrians overnight from 8pm this evening. The closure will allow maintenance staff from Borough of Poole, Hochtief (UK) Ltd and IES (electrical contractor) to carry out a series of tests and adjustments to the bridge.
Work has started on resurfacing the Twin Sails Bridge after parts of the road started coming away.
Repair work begins on the Twin Sails in Poole today. The full opening of the bridge has been postponed after defects were found on the surface of the lifting sections. It's hoped it will now open in early April.
It was opened by Princess Anne less than two weeks ago, but contractors have had to remove the entire surface of Poole's Twin Sails Bridge because parts fell away when it was raised. The problem came when a middle layer of sand asphalt became separated in places from the road's top surface.
Remedial work is currently being carried out. A new layer of blue waterproofing is being laid on the bridge's distinctive 'sails', then the road's top surface will be put directly on to that, leaving out the middle layer which has caused the problems. That work could be completed by early next week.
Poole Borough Council hopes that if the remedial work is successful the bridge, which cost £21m to build could open to traffic at the beginning of April.