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8 October 2010, 09:57
Weekend work gets underway on Poole's Twin Sails Bridge in an attempt to get it finished ahead of schedule.
Work to install the six bridge supports is currently being carried out between 8am - 6pm on weekdays.
Over the next eight weeks work will be carried out on alternate weekends starting between 8am - 4pm this Saturday and 9am - 4pm this Sunday.
Jim Bright, Strategic Director, Borough of Poole, said: "A project of this size and nature will inevitably be affected by adverse weather conditions. We want to get ahead of schedule to minimise the impact that bad weather may have on the construction programme.
"All work over the weekend will be limited to activities which generate low levels of noise. We anticipate some disturbance for neighbouring residents and businesses but will be monitoring noise levels to ensure they don't exceed permitted limits. We appreciate the support of local residents during this time and apologise for any disruption that may be caused."
The structures will eventually support the bridge deck and twin sails 'lifting leaves' that will span the Backwater Channel, providing a vital new road and pedestrian link between Hamworthy and Poole town centre.
The Twin Sails Bridge, which is expected to open in early 2012, is part of one of the largest regeneration sites in the South West. Over the next 10 to 15 years, the project is expected to deliver 2,000 homes and create up to 5,000 jobs.