A 500 tonne crane arrived in central Grimsby today, as a footbridge crossing the River Freshney was lifted out to make way for a new one.
Garth Lane was closed last week to allow for preparation of the bridge’s removal, and that process took place on Tuesday morning after all structural checks were passed by North East Lincolnshire Council.
The bridge, which leads from Frederick Ward Way/Victoria Street South to Fishermen’s Wharf, has been taken out as part of the Grimsby area’s transformation.
Foundation work will now take place ahead of the placement of a new bridge there in the next six months.
The new bridge will be a wider structure designed now for both pedestrians and cyclists, as part of a new £3.5m improvement project involving the Garth Lane area of Grimsby.
New paving, lighting, landscaping, tiered areas down to the water and seating – with fish-shaped benches upcycled from the felled willow tree – will complement the bridge.