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Pedestrian footbridge spans river and canal

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Nene Bridge liftA new steel composite pedestrian and cycle bridge over the River Nene and Grand Union Canal, Northampton Arm, has been lifted into place on behalf of Northampton Borough Council.

The bridge, fabricated and erected by Nusteel Structures on behalf of Balfour Beatty Regional Civil Engineering, spans both the canal and river with piled foundations in place on a small strip of land between the waterways.

With a total weight of 79t, a 500t capacity mobile crane was used to lift the 86m long three span steel bridge into place.

The bridge installation took many sustainability factors into consideration prior to works commencing on site. Measures were put in place to ensure the installation would not interfere with a family of otters that use the river as a home and the majority of the temporary works were constructed out of recycled capping materials.

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