Bridge repair will close Middlewich Branch

Published: Monday, 04 May 2020

THE repair to Weaver's Bridge (18) on the Middlewich Branch of the Shropshire Union will close the canal until completed.

A planning application has been submitted by Canal & River Trust to repair the bridge that is cracked in two places up to its parapets in addition to cracks on the arch, Alfred Overton reports.

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The work will be to 'stitch' repair the cracks with helical bars, with tie-bars and plates installed to restrain movement of the wing walls to prevent further cracking.  Planning permission is required as a listed structure.

The tarmac road over the bridge is also badly damaged that needs repair to the road that serves a number of properties along the lane, all caused by heavy vehicles using the bridge.

At this time it is not known how long the navigation will be closed.