During the final phase of construction the contractor, Interserve, has informed the council that the required work to allow Poole Bridge to be reopened on Friday 15 December had not been progressed. Every effort is being made to complete these works as soon as possible.
Delivery of totems designed to house the traffic lights and barriers, from their UK supplier was delayed, impacting on the overall works programme to complete the new control system. In addition the contractor is behind schedule in installing the vehicle and pedestrian gates and all the safety features still need to be tested.
Julian McLaughlin, Head of Growth and Infrastructure, Borough of Poole, said: “This further delay is extremely disappointing given the prior assurances given by the contractor that the bridge would reopen on 15 December. The council is doing everything within its power, and within the contract terms with Interserve, to reopen Poole Bridge as soon as possible.”
An Interserve Spokesperson said: “Interserve has been continually updating Borough of Poole with progress reports. Our project team has been working very hard to ensure that the bridge is opened as soon as is practicably possible given the ongoing design changes, supply delays and current adverse weather conditions.”
The extensive refurbishment of Poole Bridge is part of the £23.3 million being invested in Poole’s infrastructure by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership.