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14 November 2016

Council awards £1/2m contract to replace flood damaged bridge

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Cumbria County Council has awarded a contract for a new bridge to replace Bell Bridge at Sebergham, which was completely washed away by Storm Desmond last winter.

Story Contracting has been awarded the contract, worth in the region of half a million pounds, to design and build the new bridge.

Design work on the single span bridge will be carried out this winter with construction expected to start during summer 2017.

The old Bell Bridge completely collapsed last winter and will be replaced with a more resilient structure.

The awarding of a contract for the new bridge marks another milestone in the council's infrastructure recovery programme which will see a total of £25 million invested to help repair damaged roads and bridges across the county this year alone.

The council expects to shortly award the next phase of contracts totalling around £8 million for a whole raft of infrastructure repairs across the county.

Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet member for Highways, said: “I’m really pleased we’ve awarded this contract and design work can now start on a replacement bridge. I’m especially pleased the contract has been won by Story’s, who are a local company and have already done some really good infrastructure projects, including Currock Bridge and the temporary bridge at Pooley Bridge.”

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Cumbria County Council has awarded a contract for a new bridge to replace Bell Bridge at Sebergham, which was completely washed away by Storm Desmond last winter.