Congratulations to everyone working on the new Mersey Gateway project. Work has started on the approach viaduct decks, with the first continuous 34 hour pour of 1,148m3 concrete using 12 trucks having just taken place.
An innovative moveable scaffold system (MSS) has been used by Merseylink to build the concrete approach viaduct decks and the CEMEX Team, in partnership with the contractors, is providing the technically demanding concrete and supply expertise.
The Mersey Gateway road bridge across the River Mersey will provide a new link between the towns of Runcorn and Widnes and shortened journey times for those travelling further into Liverpool and Merseyside.
Due to be opened to traffic in Autumn 2017 CEMEX UK is working with client, Merseylink Civil Contractors Joint Venture, to deliver the project which features a reinforced concrete decked three pylon cable-stayed bridge linked to approach viaducts on each side of the river.
The MSS is 157m long, 22m wide, weighs 1,700 tonnes and is a giant section of formwork enabling the project team to cast deck spans of up to 70m at every location. Once poured the MSS jacks itself forward to the next span.