Hardcore Crushing Ltd were delighted to be chosen by Eric Wright Civil Engineering to help undertake the complex bridge removal and demolition / dismantling works at Hyde, Manchester.
The historic disused railway bridge spanned the busy A57 Hyde Road and created a ‘bottle – neck’ reducing a 300m stretch of the road from four lanes to two; restricting traffic flow significantly at peak times.
The plan was to undertake a ‘military- style’ operation during extremely short timescale; closing the road over the weekend and then assembling one of the largest mobile cranes in the UK to lift the bridge from its current position.
The initial plan was to protect the carriageway surface and lift the bridge into the road and then dismantle over
a nightshift and get the road back open, but this was cancelled due to high winds and so an alternative approach was developed to lift the bridge deck down onto a portion of waste ground adjacent to the carriageway
, where we then had a little more time and ‘breathing – space’ to dismantle the steel structure into manageable pieces and removed all the materials from site.