A1 Leeming to Barton Upgrade

Cleveland Bridge was responsible for fabricating seven new bridges and erecting them on site. The bridges ranged in weight from 80 tonnes to almost 400 tonnes

  • Year: 2016
  • Location: A1, England
  • Client: Carillion and Morgan Sindall JV
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As part of the Highways Agency programme to upgrade the A1 from a dual carriageway to a three-lane motorway between Leeming and Barton, seven new bridges were needed, and a number of existing bridges needed to be widened.


New bridges fabricated


Largest bridge on this section


Total tonnage


Leading global bridge designer, engineer and builder Cleveland Bridge was chosen to fabricate and install all the bridges for this flagship Highways project. The company was chosen for its expertise, competitive pricing and local knowledge, but most importantly for its approach to collaborative working.


One of the greatest challenges of this project was the need to install bridges with minimal disruption to the live A1 network. Some bridge installation required closure of the A1, and this work was always carried out overnight. Wherever possible, bridge installation was completed without fully closing the road, which required extensive logistical and safety planning.


Thanks to the careful planning and collaboration between Cleveland Bridge and all other parties, all bridges were installed within the allocated road closure period – and some were completed in a much shorter time. In many cases, this allowed the road to be reopened early, or enabled follow-on trades to access the site sooner than planned.

Thank you and your teams for the exceptional delivery and execution during this weekend’s closure under very challenging conditions. The achievement has been duly recognised and your continuous professionalism and collaborative approach is very much appreciated.

David Lowery Project Director, Carillion Morgan Sindall JV

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