With 21 of the 27 pylons erected, the work to hang the wires between the pylons gets underway in January and is expected to be complete by the end of 2023.
When lifting the wires into place, our standard method involves installing a number of scaffold structures with a net between them to protect everything below. We’ve worked with our contractor, Balfour Beatty, to adopt a method to reduce the number of scaffolds required so to limit the impact on the land they occupy and disruption on local businesses and roads in Avonmouth.
We’ll use specialist controlled lifting systems to hang the wires. This method involves using ropes and blocks specifically designed to pull the wires between the pylons, and away from individual properties and businesses.
To keep everyone safe while we work on the highways, we put up temporary traffic lights and close some roads for a short time. We put up advance notice signs to let local road users and businesses know of any roadworks and traffic management in the area.