Lancaster, Lancashire, UK, 8th June, 2015. 'Spanning the Lune' Heysham to M6 Link Road Bridge Works. Spans & Stanchions for the Heysham to M6 Link Road Bridge over the River Lune. Drivers using the M6 through north Lancashire are being advised that Lancashire County Council's £124 million Heysham Link project has reached a new phase which may impact on motorway users. The new road is a 4.8km dual carriageway linking the Heysham and Morecambe peninsula to Junction 34 of the M6, a fully remodelled junction with new slip roads opening in summer 2016. Credit: MarPhotographics/Alamy Live News.

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Lancaster, Lancashire, UK, 8th June, 2015. 'Spanning the Lune' Heysham to M6 Link Road Bridge Works. Spans & Stanchions for the Heysham to M6 Link Road Bridge over the River Lune. Drivers using the M6 through north Lancashire are being advised that Lancashire County Council's £124 million Heysham Link project has reached a new phase which may impact on motorway users. The new road is a 4.8km dual carriageway linking the Heysham and Morecambe peninsula to Junction 34 of the M6, a fully remodelled junction with new slip roads opening in summer 2016. Credit: MarPhotographics/Alamy Live News.
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The new Lune West Bridge over the River Lune is perhaps the most dramatic of the 13 structures that will be built along the length of the new Heysham to M6 Link Road. The 211-metre four-span bridge will eventually contain more than 2300 tonnes of steelwork with approximately 55,000 bolts needed to secure the sections. The steel beams supplied by Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd (CBUK) are to lifted into place using one of the UK’s largest mobile cranes, a 1200-tonne Gottwald AK-680-3. "This structure is technically challenging, in both the complexity of the steelwork element and the environment within which the works are being carried out" said CBUK Project Manager, Dominic Charlton. "In order to minimise working at height activities, the scheme developed by CBUK requires the steelwork to be sub-assembled into large lift modules at ground level, weighing up to 350 tonnes. From the north side of the River Lune four single girder modules are sub-assembled and erected, and from the south side of the river there are six paired girder modules. The key benefit of this setup is that there is only a requirement for one main crane move, from the north side to the south". Once sub-assembled, the first four main girders of the structure measure 71.6 metres long by 1.5 metres wide and 4.1 metres high, weighing approximately 160 tonnes each. These sections have been lifted into position from the north bank of the River Lune before the crane is de-rigged and repositioned on the south side of the river to install the remaining sections and girders. “We know there is lots of interest in the Lune West Bridge as it marks a significant milestone in the delivery of the scheme”. Said Costain’s Community Relations Officer, Tom Horton. The project involves a full reconfiguration of an existing motorway junction, 4.8km of dual carriageway, 4.5km of new slip-roads together with 12 major structures including a 200m-span crossing of the River Lune.
Location: Caton, Lancaster, Lancashire, UK

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