How the proposed bridge will look over the A63.

Princes Quay bridge taking shape as pieces are assembled

Hull’s Princes Quay bridge is starting to take shape with all 11 pieces of the structure now in position.

The Highways England project, which is the first phase of the A63 Castle Street scheme, will shape the future of Hull and connect key sites.

The pieces are now being welded in preparation for the journey to the bridge’s final stop as the team on site tests every weld before adding paint.

A63 footbridge

Parts of the footbridge that will span the A63.

All 11 sections arrived last month and Emma Hardy, MP for Hull West and Hessle, took a tour of the site where the pieces are being assembled.

She said: “I am really excited about this project as it will help alleviate pedestrian issues in crossing the A63 and in turn help reduce congestion.

“On top of this, the bridge is a wonderful structure to look upon and will become a landmark to drivers and pedestrians throughout Hull.”

The bridge, which will be given a new name when it is completed, will help link the city’s marina with the southern end of Princes Dock. It will make it easier for pedestrians, cyclists and disabled people to cross the busy A63.

The pieces of the 60m, 150-tonne bridge are gradually being built before electrics are installed for lighting.

Delegates visit A63 bridge

Emma Hardy MP, council officers and Highways England staff visit the site when the bridge is being constructed

When this work is done, the bridge will be driven the short distance to its permanent position over the A63.

This Highways England project is being part-funded with a £4m contribution from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s local growth fund programme, secured through its growth deals with Government and part of the Government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse.

Find more details here.

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