Bridge over the River Cole

By on 29/07/2011 in News

Cllr Tim Huxtable opens Cole Hill Lane Bridge with local residents

Cllr Timothy Huxtable, Cabinet Member for Transport, Environment and Regeneration at Birmingham City Council today unveiled a special plaque to mark the opening of a new bridge spanning the boundry between the Shard End and Hodge Hill areas of the city.

The bridge, on the River Cole, has been built at a cost of £1.6m and replaces a previous out-of-date single lane structure, which was only ever designed to be used for the short term when it was first built 40 years ago.

The new two carriageway bridge will now allow traffic to cross in both directions, and has removed the need for traffic lights to ensure only one direction can cross at a time.

The project was financed by a grant from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and has involved consultation with the Environment Agency and local residents.

As well as erecting the new bridge, which links to the Cole Valley Cycle Route, the Council has also installed a new toucan crossing, a local safety scheme along Cole Hall Lane and remediation works to the River Cole to reduce flooding risks.

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