Image copyright Dave Hooper Image caption The renovated brickwork was taken down, and inspected
Work has finally been completed on the Streetcar construction project in central St Albans, reports Dave Hooper of the Bike Path Network.
Despite the difficulties associated with redesigning the main road, the scheme should reopen in three to four weeks, meaning that local bikes are likely to be allowed down it, says Dave.
A massive hole in a section of the Blythwood roundabout – closed while repair work was undertaken – has also been filled in.
According to Dave, this hole is larger than originally thought, and far larger than that on which the building was originally built.
“It has become worse because of normal rainwater, which causes silt, algae and crumbly grout to build up,” he explains.
Image copyright Dave Hooper Image caption Detail of brickwork that was restored
Meanwhile, in Derby, some of the crucial loose bricks that caused damage to several of the St Armands Rope Bridge’s 800 foot spans, have been repaired.
Image copyright Dave Hooper Image caption The excavators were present to protect the bridge
Image copyright Dave Hooper Image caption The bridge will be back up and running soon
Speaking to the Daily Mail, steel worker Paul Whitney said: “One of them got hit by a stone. The workers there heard the sound of the load breaking, and then found stones in all the joints.”
“My spare change has smashed two of my windows in all the scuffing up the beams and was in a bit of trouble for a couple of days with it.”
“It’s still in a mess, but we’re not asking for the whole thing to be rebuilt.”
Image copyright Dave Hooper Image caption We’re lucky it’s only a few hundred pounds
Image copyright Dave Hooper Image caption Piece de resistance for the hardy bridge bikers
Image copyright Dave Hooper Image caption The square has been sealed off for repairs
Image copyright Dave Hooper Image caption Crumbled concrete was all that was left when we first visited
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