Dean Road Bridge carries the B1301 over the Chichester
Metro station in South Shields, Tyne & Wear. The
structure has two expansion joints of length 25.8m to the North
abutment and 28.5m to the South abutment. The existing joints
had exceeded their design life and required replacement to protect
the structure from any further degradation.
Image above of Chichester Metro Station
USL BridgeCare was approached by Nexus to offer the optimum
solution to replace the existing joints. After fully
reviewing the scheme requirements giving regard to movement
criteria, speed of installation and proven track record,
Britflex BEJ 5 was chosen as the ideal replacement system.
Works needed to be completed over one weekend during daytime
working hours Saturday 0800 to 1800 hours and Sunday 0800 to 1800
hours, this was to reduce any noise issues to nearby residential
During closure periods existing joints would require removing in
advance of surfacing works with temporary plates installed to
prevent debris falling through structural gaps onto the live track
To complete the joint installation works within one Sunday shift
and in order to meet the client's requirements USL would be
required to mobilise six number joint installation crews to site
(three at each joint location).
USL attended site 0800 hours Saturday morning to remove the
existing expansion joints prior to handing the site back to the
client to undertake planing and resurfacing operations. USL
BridgeCare returned to site Sunday 0800 hours to saw cut and break
out new surfacing to form the requisite joint cut out width.
Installation of 54.3 metres of the new
Britflex BEJ 5 expansion joints to both locations commenced
1000 hours Sunday.
As required and planned for, the works were completed and open
to traffic by 1800 hours that day.
Advantages at a glance
- Quick and easy to install - The most pragmatic mechanical joint
replacement system available.
- Minimal disruption to Traffic
- Cost Effective and providing excellent value engineering
Installation works were completed on time and to client's full
satisfaction with minimal impact on local stakeholders.
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