PORT Glasgow Route To Close For Almost 16 Weeks During Bridge Work

A VITAL Port Glasgow route is to shut for nearly four months while work continues on widening a bridge.

The second phase of the £650,000 project to improve road safety and cut congestion at Glen Avenue starts in February.

Inverclyde Council carried out an initial phase of work at the single-lane Chapelton Bridge in November and December, diverting water, gas and electricity utilities that ran under the structure.

Widening the bridge deck itself is due to start on Monday 11 February and continue until the end of May. The bridge will remain closed while it is being done.

Chapelton Bridge is a pedestrian route for pupils going to and from St John’s Primary and is also an important bus route.

Councillor Michael McCormick, Inverclyde Council’s environment and regeneration convener, said: “When all the work is finished, the bridge will have two wider pavements for pedestrians and will be able to accommodate two lanes of traffic.

“In its current form the bridge is a serious bottleneck if there are any problems on the nearby A8 trunk road network. Widening it will make it a viable alternative route if the trunk road is closed for essential works or in an emergency.

“We appreciate the patience shown by the local community in the face of the ongoing disruption and the fact that they recognise the long-term benefits from widening the Chapelton Bridge. The work has been progressing well and we will re-open the bridge as soon it is complete.”

The project is being funded by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT). Councillor David Wilson, SPT vice-chair, said: “SPT is proud to be supporting the economic regeneration of Port Glasgow. The widening of Chapelton Bridge is an excellent investment, improving road safety in the area and helping to cut congestion while also making it easier for the travelling public and for the local community.”

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