Dorset

Poole's Twin Sails bridge weekend work to begin

Computer image of how the Twin Sails Bridge may look
Image caption The first tests of the lifting bridge are due to take place in 2011

Work to build a new landmark bridge in Poole Harbour in Dorset is to continue at weekends in a bid to get ahead of schedule, the council has said.

Work on the £37m bridge got under way earlier this week, with project contractor Hochtief beginning the construction of six supports.

Work will be carried out on alternate weekends from 9 and 10 October.

The bridge will span Backwater Channel in Holes Bay between Hamworthy and Poole town centre.

Work will take place between 0800 and 1600 on Saturdays and 0900 and 1600 on Sundays.

A council spokesperson said the weekend work would "advance the construction programme prior to the onset of winter".

Jim Bright, strategic director at the Borough of Poole, said: "All work over the weekend will be limited to activities which generate low levels of noise.

"We anticipate some disturbance for neighbouring residents and businesses but will be monitoring noise levels to ensure they don't exceed permitted limits.

"We appreciate the support of local residents during this time and apologise for any disruption that may be caused."

Preparations for the project began in May. The installation of the bridge supports mark the start of the main construction phase.

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