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New Wolverhampton ring road bridge to get glass panels

Artists impression of glass artwork
Image caption The new bridge spans 115ft (35m)

Work to install giant coloured glass panels on a new "landmark" bridge in Wolverhampton is set to get under way.

The artwork will run along one side of the city's new £1.8m footbridge, which will link the new bus station with the existing railway station.

Installation is due to take place overnight and at weekends but the council says a section of the ring road will need to be closed at times.

Work will start on the morning of Saturday, 14 May.

'Finishing touch'

The 115ft (35m) long pedestrian walkway stands 20ft (6m) above Ring Road St Davids in the city.

The actual steelwork structure was put in place in April and now 50 glass panels, with a combined weight of 30 tonnes, will be lifted into place along the bridge by a crane.

Architectural glass artist Kate Maestri was commissioned to produce the artwork design which features glass with blue and green strips of colour running through it.

Councillor Peter Bilson, Wolverhampton City Council's cabinet member for regeneration and enterprise, said: "The installation of the coloured glass is the finishing touch to the new bridge. It is going to look very impressive, especially when lit up at night."

The council said work to install the glass was scheduled to last until mid-June and a section of Ring Road St Davids between Bilston Road Island and Broad Street Junction would need to be shut at times.

"The necessary road closures being put in place are timed to cause minimum disruption," said Councillor Bilson.

Both the bridge and new bus station are due to open in the summer.

Full details of the road closures can be found on Wolverhampton City Council's website.

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