Tensar International has been selected to provide ground stabilisation products for the Mersey Gateway Project.
Linking Runcorn and Widnes, the six-lane toll bridge which crosses the River Mersey aims to relieve congestion on the area’s surrounding roads and is estimated it will be the catalyst that will bring 4,640 permanent jobs to the area.
Identifying the benefits that ground stabilisation could bring to the project’s 3km haul roads, Manchester-based contractor PP O’Connor has appointed Tensar to provide 150,000m² of its TX190L TriAx geogrids.
The temporary works design of the 3km haul road which provides access across the salt marsh on the banks of the River Mersey was carried out by Kier Professional Services (KPS) who were employed by Merseylink Civil Contractors Joint Venture.
Tensar’s Mike Horton said: “By using geogrid stabilisation the access roads will require a reduced amount of aggregate, cutting the amount of to and from site traffic, while also allowing heavier loads to be transported and providing cost and carbon savings.”
Work on the Mersey Gateway commenced in May 2014 and the bridge is scheduled to open in 2017.