February 2014 – Aylestone Overflow Weir Construction

The contract for the construction of the weir was awarded by the H&G CT to Gardiners Construction.

The work has not gone as fast as we would have liked but completion is getting closer. The narrow bank between the excavation and the Canal was breached at one stage due to flooding of the Canal and the contractor has used locally sourced clay to construct a wider bund between the Canal and the excavation in order to permit the work to continue.

H&G CT member Colin Dymott has been maintaining his regular photographic visits which show the work progressing and February saw the concrete pours completed. We expect the concrete sleepers for the bridge deck to be craned in during early March.

Further work will be undertaken by our own volunteers to finish the structure including construction of the canal facing ‘wharf wall’ which will run over the weir alongside the Canal, fencing etc.

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