This bridge is an important link in the local road network carrying the Lichfield Road over the Wyrley and Essington Canal.
The condition of the bridge has deteriorated and it needs to be reconstructed to avoid having to impose further weight restrictions on it. This would have a detrimental impact on traffic in and out of Wednesfield town centre, in particular on public transport and service vehicles.
The bridge and a 20 metre stretch either side of it will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians for around 21 weeks. This will be dependent on the progress of the works and winter weather conditions.
Diversions will be in operation, with vehicles redirected along Lichfield Road (B4484), Lakefield Road (A4124), Wednesfield Way, and Neachells Lane, and vice versa.
The pedestrian diversion route will follow Taylor Street, Wednesfield Park, Nordley Road, South Avenue, Graiseley Lane, Church Street and High Street, and vice versa. There will be temporary night time lighting in place through Wednesfield Park for the duration of the works.
Public Transport operator Transport for the West Midlands has been informed of the closure to Lichfield Road and will be putting in place temporary bus stops at alternative locations for the duration of the works.
City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Environment, Councillor Steve Evans, said: "The condition of the bridge has dictated this work on Pinfold Bridge must be carried out now.
"Investigations have shown that water has corroded the beams of the bridge and part of the brickwork has cracked.
"Replacing the bridge is much more cost effective and absolutely essential if we are to keep Wednesfield town centre moving and easily accessible for people.
"Safe diversionary routes will be put in place for both vehicles and pedestrians throughout the duration of the works.
"I apologise in advance for any inconvenience this causes and would urge people to remain patient while we carry out these essential works."
- released: Thursday 17 November, 2016