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15 January 2016

Council responds to public questions about Eamont Bridge

Eamont Bridge

With the progress this week on Pooley Bridge members of the public are understandably asking about Eamont Bridge and the current diversion via Brougham.

Currently the council is waiting for the water level in the Eamont to drop further to allow a full detailed structural inspection of Eamont Bridge to take place. To date the visible damage and initial underwater inspection has been sufficient for the council to close the bridge to traffic. But more detailed work is needed to assess the full extent of the damage.

If the damage is no worse than currently assumed, the council anticipates being able to repair the bridge. If the damage is more extensive, other options will have to be considered. The timescale for either option cannot be known until the detailed structural inspections have been done.

In the interim the council is continuing to monitor the effectiveness of the diversion route and make improvements and changes where this is beneficial. The diversion has been Priority 2 gritting route from when it openeded and temporary repairs to the road surface, to deal with the growing number of potholes, are planned. Upgraded signing for the diversion will also be put in place, including more destination information to help drivers. New ‘Businesses open as usual’ signage is also planned for Brougham Hall and other local businesses.

Drivers using the route are reminded to drive with care, observe the signed speed limit and be aware of vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.

A Cumbria County Council spokesman said:

“Until we are able to do full structural surveys we won’t know how long the bridge will be closed. We understand how frustrating that is and we are doing what we can to make the diversion work as smoothly as possible. We know that potholes are appearing and we will be making temporary repairs, but given the volume of traffic now using these single-track road that is less straightforward than it was. We appreciate people’s patience and would assure them that we want the bridge open as soon as possible.”

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With the progress this week on Pooley Bridge members of the public are understandably asking about Eamont Bridge and the current diversion via Brougham.