It might be a small bridge but it’s a giant leap in construction for Kent County Council.
Utilising Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) it is the first bridge in Kent to be constructed with the material which is lightweight, low maintenance and easily installed.
The pedestrian bridge was installed in Strawberry Vale, Tonbridge and goes across the River Medway.
KCC Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, and Member for Tonbridge, Michael Payne said: “This work was carried out to provide a strengthened and refurbished bridge to ensure it continues to be safe river crossing for the public to use.
“The original deck was made from railway rails with a type of expanded metal mesh reinforcement, but unfortunately it wasn’t able to handle the number of people using it.
“This new bridge provides a durable low maintenance solution compared to traditional solutions, especially in the damp environment above the river.
“The lightweight nature of FRP means installation is faster, simpler and safer and inspection and maintenance in the future will be considerably simpler.
“Kent Highways also took the opportunity to clear vegetation from the Public Right of Way whilst the footpath was closed as well as closing off gaps in the original fencing to protect people from accessing the river and service pipes crossing the river.”