Ilkeston road bridge ready to reopen after £3m project

An aerial view of the new Awsworth Road bridge during construction.
An aerial view of the new Awsworth Road bridge during construction.

An Ilkeston road will reopen to drivers this weekend after an eight-month project to replace a historic bridge running over the railway line.

Work to replace the 106-year-old Awsworth Road bridge began back in September, and will finally be complete on Friday, April 28.

The old bridge had been in place for 106 years.

The old bridge had been in place for 106 years.

The £3million project is part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan, a region-wide transformation of rail infrastructure.

Network Rail’s area director Gary Walsh said: “This investment is another important step in our plan to upgrade infrastructure to improve journeys and move freight from road to rail.

“Road closures are the only way we can keep road users, pedestrians and our orange army safe while delivering these improvements. I would like to thank for the people of Ilkeston for their patience.”

The new bridge, which normally carries 5,000 vehicles every day, is designed to give drivers an improved road surface and better visibility on approach.

While work was ongoing, a road diversion has been in operation with vehicles forced to travel via Granby Street and Rutland Street or Shilo Way and Millership Way.

The construction of the new bridge was captured in a stunning time-lapse film available online at https://youtu.be/54D0pY02b-g.

The reopening of Awsworth Road comes on the same weekend as the closure on Station Street in Long Eaton, from 10pm Saturday to 6am on Sunday, where the footbridge over the level crossing is being removed for maintenance.