End of the road for eyesore Destructor Bridge in Bath
An unsightly road bridge is to be replaced on the River Avon in Bath.
Plans are about to be submitted to replace the Destructor Bridge as part of another phase of the Western Riverside development.
At the moment the bridge, which links Upper and Lower Bristol roads, is one-way and has a weight restriction.
However, as a condition of the Western Riverside development and thanks to a recent funding boost for the city, the new bridge will be able to take two-way traffic, with vehicles routed through the development to reach Lower Bristol Road.
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The bridge dates back to the 1870s and was moved from Green Park in the early 20th century, taking its name from a nearby incinerator.
The £2 million for the rebuild came from a pot of £13 million given to the city by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership. The rest of the money will go towards the dismantling of the final gas holder, a flood compensation solution for the city and the building of a new footbridge.
Developer Crest Nicholson Regeneration will be submitting a detailed planning application to Bath and North East Somerset Council for the new bridge soon, along with plans for a block of 55 apartments adjacent to the bridge.
The one and two-bedroom apartments, due to be run by Curo, will be affordable and are being funded by the Homes and Community Agency. There will also be a commercial element to the building on the ground floor, with a possibility that a doctors' surgery in some or all of the space.