Halton Borough Council has extended its Bridge Maintenance Partnership contract with Balfour Beatty firm Balvac by two years.
The original four-year deal started in April 2009 and was due to expire at the end of this month.
Since 2009 Balvac has completed over £20m of major maintenance, repair and strengthening work to highway structures around Runcorn and Widnes, including the iconic Silver Jubilee Bridge (pictured).
The award of this contract extension has been made following a rigorous assessment of Balvac’s performance within the first three and half years, measured against the Council’s Strategic Performance Objectives.
Future works are expected to be worth a further £3 to £5m and will include concrete repairs, cathodic protection, steelwork repainting and bridge deck refurbishment.
Richard Bailey, Director of Balvac said: “This latest contract extension is the result of the long and successful collaborative working relationship between Balvac and Halton Borough Council”.
Mike Bennett, Bridge Maintenance Partnership Manager at Halton Borough Council said: “The Silver Jubilee Bridge Complex is an important link in the region’s strategic highway network and the scale and complexity of the bridge infrastructure aligned to the sensitivity of traffic to any disruption places demands on Halton Borough Council as a maintaining authority which are possibly unique.
"Balvac’s open and collaborative approach to developing and delivering works activities in a safe, effective and value for money manner has been instrumental to Halton Borough Council being able to address these demands.”