Bearing Replacement and Concrete Repairs – Itchen Bridge Refurbishment, Southampton

toll bridge repairToll Bridge Repair – Bearing Replacement and Concrete Repairs

Southampton City Council

Principle Contractor
Freyssinet Ltd

Capita Symonds


Contract Duration
24 weeks

Works Completed
June 2011

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Itchen Bridge is a high level concrete, hollow box girder toll bridge which was opened in 1977. It carries vehicular traffic over the River Itchen between Southampton City Centre and Woolston.

Freyssinet Ltd was selected as the main contractor to complete the toll bridge repair on the routine maintenance contract. The scope of works consisted of jacking and bearing replacement, protective coating, concrete repairs and all associated works, including temporary works and traffic management.

The Itchen Bridge is a busy route into the city and the works had to be undertaken outside of peak hours, with two-way traffic maintained during peak periods.

Bespoke temporary works were designed and manufactured by Freyssinet, incorporating high capacity hydraulic jacks. These were installed to support the deck during bearing replacement works at the suspended span half joints and piers.

A total of 22no mechanical bearings were replaced; 12no mechanical bearings at the free end of the suspended spans, 2no at the east abutment and 8no at other prioritised piers.

The bearings were designed by Freyssinet’s in-house team and manufactured at its Telford factory.

The existing bearings were removed using high pressure water jetting and the new mechanical bearings were then cast into the structure prior to de-jacking the deck onto its new supports.

Whilst these critical path works were ongoing, other ‘off-line’ works such as the electrical re-wiring of the internal boxes and the installation of new expansion joints were undertaken. A total of 6no expansion joints were replaced on the bridge deck during one weekend closure of the deck.

Maintenance was also carried out on all other existing bearings within the structure, including the application of a new protective coating system.

Re-profiling works were completed on the east and west revetments to the abutments and high security access doors were installed through the abutment cheek walls into the abutment chambers.

Concrete repair works were also carried out as necessary by Freyssinet’s specialist operatives.

The works were completed on programme and on budget to the satisfaction of Southampton City Council.