Pristine new paving laid on Putney Bridge
Published: Thursday 28th August 14
The Putney Bridge repair project continues to gather pace with hundreds of yards of pristine new paving stones laid this week on the western footpath.
And this week also saw the conclusion of the operation to retrieve six large granite blocks from the riverbed after they were sent tumbling into the Thames when a bus crashed into the bridge at the beginning of July.
The new walkway in action
The damaged blocks are now being repaired by specialist stonemasons and will shortly be reattached to the bridge’s parapet wall.
Work is now commencing to waterproof and refurbish the pavement on the eastern side of the bridge. This means it has been possible to open up a wider walkway for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the centre of the bridge. This change is making it much easier and less crowded for people who need to cross the river.
Other works carried out this week have included the installation of new access ladders deep within the bridge structure to enable future maintenance and inspections to be carried out safely and easily.
Engineers are also continuing the refurbishment works to the subway at its northern end, while work continues off-site to refurbish the bridge‘s ornate Victorian lamp columns which are being restored by specialist craftsmen.
Transport spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “People who cross the bridge each day can see for themselves the scale of the works that are being carried out and the speed with which they are proceeding.
Retrieving the granite blocks from the foreshore
“Since day one we have been determined to do a really excellent repair job to this bridge, but to also do it as quickly, efficiently and as cost-effectively as possible. There has been absolutely no let up in our efforts to achieve these important goals.
“As things stand now we remain firmly on course to meet our target of completing the job in October.”