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Height cleaning on the Segura bridges (14/08/2019)

A large crane with an articulated arm up to 20 meters high will leave the Reina Sofía Hospital Bridge in perfect condition.

This is one of the actions that are part of the Plan for Cleaning, Maintenance and Conservation of Bridges, a project launched by the City Council for the second consecutive year.

Work began on Monday and will end on Friday, acting on a total of seven bridges that cross the Segura, such as the Puente de la Fica and Jorge Manrique.

The event recalled other measures deployed by the Consistory to care for and beautify the environment of the river, such as the Special Cleaning Plan for the Molinos del Río, where 200 tons of mud have been removed

The mayor of Murcia, José Ballesta, together with the Councilor for Sustainable Mobility and Youth, Rebeca Pérez, has visited the Reina Sofía Hospital Bridge, where a large team has been deployed in order to thoroughly clean the railings and arches of the bridge, by means of a crane and an articulated arm up to 20 meters high;

leaving it in perfect condition facing the beginning of the September Fair.

“This Plan includes seven Murcia bridges, articulated in the urban core of the river as it passes through the city;

infrastructures with history, such as the Old Bridge, which last year turned 300 since the beginning of its construction, the oldest of all ”, and added that“ cleaning, maintenance and conservation actions are not isolated;

they are part of a global project, of 'Murcia Río', with which we recover the surroundings of the Segura River, a space that is all Murcia and that builds our City brand ”.

Thanks to the Cleaning, Maintenance and Conservation Plan, all the damages they present will be eliminated, both in their arches and in the railings, and the hanging locks will be removed in the cases that are necessary;

a project launched by the City Council for the second consecutive year.

The cleaning work began on Monday, on the Manterola catwalk and on the Old Bridge;

They continued on Tuesday, at the Puente de Hierro and Miguel Caballero, and will end on Friday, performing at the Puente de la Fica and Jorge Manrique.

A large pressure washer truck with a 500 liter tank

In the Reina Sofía Hospital Bridge, cleaning work has been carried out at height, using a crane that featured an articulated arm, with a range of up to 20 meters in height.

The railings and the bridge infrastructures of the bridge have been cleaned with pressurized water and the graffiti that has deteriorated it has been eliminated.

For security reasons, at certain times traffic has been cut in one of the lanes that run along the bridge, so that the operators carry out the maneuvers safely without endangering the pedestrians and vehicles that were circulating.

The City Council has deployed extensive cleaning equipment to carry out the work on all the bridges, consisting of a water-cleaning vehicle (a type of large truck that has a water tank, with a capacity of up to 500 liters of water, and a pressurized water pump), two small pressure washers, which will be connected to the water tank of the large vehicle at specific times and five professionals specialized in this type of work.

In addition, the necessary signals are being used to cut traffic at specific times and a modular scaffold.

Withdrawal of 200 tons of mud in just five days

In July, the Municipal Service launched another intensive cleaning plan, in order to remove the waste, reeds and sludge that accumulated in the Segura canal as it passed through the Molinos del Río.

Thanks to these tasks, a total of 200 tons of stagnant mud were removed.

The reeds and residues that invaded the area were also removed, avoiding bad smells and the presence of mosquitoes, highlighting this historic Murcian environment.

The proceedings were carried out for five days on an area of ​​150 square meters.

The Old Bridge, like new

In June, in addition, the intensive cleaning works of the Old Bridge of Murcia, popularly known as Puente de Los Peligros, were completed, where a team of specialists removed all the plant species that were attached to the infrastructure, conserving in full the monumental character of this bridge.

The team also treated its structure with special oils;

with products that will prevent the growth of plant species.

Likewise, the City Council restored the lampposts of the viaduct in August 2018, changing the light bulbs it presented with low-consumption lights and, thus, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by six tons per year.

In addition, the columns that were damaged were restored.

A year without incident on the Jorge Manrique catwalk

Inaugurated in 1999, the Jorge Manrique catwalk was a problem for the security of the neighbors, since the state of its pavement caused slips and falls.

For this reason, the City Council replaced the old pavement with a new one, consisting of a sheet covered by three layers of resin, and a non-slip layer;

a new surface that has given great results, since there have been no slips or falls since it opened in May 2018.

The catwalk, the work of the architect Santiago Calatrava, also opened last year new lighting with 82 low-power projectors, which have allowed to save energy and improve the safety of the environment.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Murcia

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