VolkerFitzpatrick lands £59m viaduct job
The 620m long composite viaduct, which forms the northern end of the A38(M) Aston Expressway near 'Spaghetti Junction', has started to show signs of deterioration having been built in the early 1970s. Works will start this month to strengthen the viaduct's superstructure with steel plates secured in position using a combination of welding and bolting. Anti-corrosion paint will also be applied to the structure, alongside other refurbishment works to help preserve the viaduct's longevity and minimise the need for future work. To enable this, VolkerFitzpatrick will be using high level access platforms spanning from pier to pier. As the structure spans significant infrastructure, including live electrified rail lines, the River Tame, main roads and local businesses, VolkerFitzpatrick will be taking steps to maximise safety on site, to engage with the local community and to minimise any environmental impact from the works.