June 28th 2002: A little west of the junction with the short Rochdale arm of the canal, where the canal passes the Sealocrete works, the canal had been narrowed to a channel only a few feet across. As part of the restoration work a new concrete channel has been constructed.
A little further west, the bridge at Dicken Green Lane, off Queensway, had been culverted. This picture shows the bridge before work started.
April 22nd 2002: Part of the embankment has been excavated and construction of the replacement bridge is under way. Construction is taking place around the culvert pipes which will be removed later.
June 19th 2002: The concrete bridge has been built on two rows of concrete piles. The ground below this, including the culvert pipes, has been removed. Concrete wing walls and a towpath platform are being constructed. The side opposite the towpath is being faced with bricks. The towpath side can be done after the channel is in water.
September 5th 2002: The bridge is now complete. Brick surfaces on the right were completed before the canal opened in July, while work continued on the towpath side for some time.
September 5th 2002: The eastern part of the replacement bridge, looking north-west. The footpath on this side of the bridge is raised to create a service channel for pipes and cables.
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