The Merseylink Consortium is overseeing work on building access roads across the saltmarshes on both sides of the river.
Manchester-based subcontractor PP O’Connor is undertaking the work on the access roads which will take around 16 weeks to complete.
The next few months will also see work starting on:
– setting up the accommodation compounds on both sides of the river
– final demolition work around Ditton, Astmoor, Catalyst Trade Park, Victoria Road and Hutchinson Street
– construction of three pylon cofferdams in the River Mersey from floating barges
– a temporary trestle bridge built from each side of the river to take vehicles to the pylons
– upgrading the road network in Runcorn starting at the Bridgewater Interchange and M56 roundabout
Stephen Cardwell, Project Director for the Merseylink Construction Joint Venture, said: “Mersey Gateway is an exciting and challenging construction project.
“The tidal flows in the estuary, the scale of the new bridge, which is the biggest under development in England at the moment, and the extent of the work we need to do to create new access routes on both sides of the river all make this a really fascinating job.”
Kier Infrastructure is one of the three Merseylink partners which include Korean Samsung C&T Corporation and Spanish FCC Construcción.