Secklow Gate bridge to re-open tomorrow

BridgeProtest'Campaigners protesting about the prolonged closure of Secklow bridge, CMK.'''MPMC WK04 M11

BridgeProtest'Campaigners protesting about the prolonged closure of Secklow bridge, CMK.'''MPMC WK04 M11

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THE Secklow Gate bridge is to finally re-open on Thursday.

A fire in January 2010 damaged the bridge which dissects thecentre:mk, closing it off to traffic.

However, since then, the road has been closed at a huge cost to the council, despite measures being put in place to ensure the bridge didn’t deteriorate any further and an insurance claim submitted to seek compensation was put in motion.

After a public outcry, work began at the start of June, and the council expect two lanes of traffic to be opened on Thursday and be fully open again by July 7.

A council spokesman said: “Milton Keynes Council is pleased to announce that Secklow Gate Bridge will be partially re-opened tomorrow, following vital work to strengthen it after it was seriously damaged by fire.

“The bridge was originally closed because of major concerns about the safety of motorists, following the severe fire in the market place below.

“Secklow Gate Bridge will initially be open one lane either side of the carriageway, and we are confident that we will be able to fully re-open both lanes in the week ending July 8.”