Monday, 4 June, 2018
Repairs to the 104-year-old Venetian Bridge in Clacton have been completed.
Work to save the iconic seafront structure and bring it back to its former glory began in October 2017.
Although the bridge was regularly maintained, when part of the structure crumbled away in the summer of 2014 it revealed more extensive work was required to keep the landmark bridge eroding away.
The £355,000 project was carried out by contractors Prestec UK and Richard Jackson for Tendring District Council (TDC), and despite an unavoidable delay caused by the particularly cold winter, the bridge will be fully open before the summer season.
Mick Skeels, TDC Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, said the Venetian Bridge was an important asset to keep on Clacton seafront.
“The bridge is a real focal point on Clacton seafront, a gateway between the beach and entertainments there and the town, as well as a practical means of crossing Pier Gap,” he said.
“It is of such a lovely design, I am pleased to see it fully opened up again for everyone to enjoy.”
Carlo Guglielmi, Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Resources, added the cost of removing the bridge completely and maintaining the supporting embankments was estimated to be nearly the same cost as saving the structure.
“We considered a number of options when looking at this project and I am glad we are able to keep this unusual structure for many years to come.
“This project is one of our corporate priorities for this financial year, so I am pleased it has already been completed.”