A BRIDGE in the centre of Milnsbridge will get a £435,000 makeover.
The 1891 bridge, which carries the road over the River Colne, had temporary steel supports placed on it in August.
But at a cabinet meeting yesterday, councillors said they had “no option” but to undergo a new strengthening scheme to salvage the bridge.
The aim is to increase the load capacity of the bridge to 40 tonnes – which is a national requirement – waterproof the deck, install new supporting girders and paint the bridge.
Clr Peter McBride said: “Many people are concerned there will be mayhem in Milnsbridge when this goes ahead.
“I suggest we go for a one-way system through Milnsbridge.
“It is the only option to avoid complete mayhem.
“Shopkeepers may get very upset about this and the officers have gone to great lengths to create lay-by provisions for customers.”
Clr Jean Calvert asked the cabinet to consider “the way traffic goes through Milnsbridge.” following the bridge revamp.
She said cars seem to “get stuck from Manchester Road up to Paddock.”
Clr Molly Walton said: “We have to do it.”
The proposed strengthening works are anticipated to start this month and will take around 14 weeks to complete.