When:



  •  and 

Type of content:

Category:

26 July 2019

Middleton Hall Bridge replacement set to open

A replacement road bridge on the A683 between Kirkby Lonsdale and Sedbergh is set to open ahead of schedule on Friday 2 August.

Cumbria County Council has invested £550,000 in the project to replace Middleton Hall Bridge, which was severely damaged beyond repair during Storm Desmond.

The new bridge will replace a temporary pontoon-style structure put in place in December 2015 to keep the road open while a permanent solution was developed.

Constructed from pre-cast concrete, the new structure includes rock installations on the river banks to protect the bridge from future scouring. Stone from the damaged structure has been recycled and re-used in the construction of the new bridge.

The design and programming of the scheme involved detailed work with ecology and archaeological partners to ensure minimal impact on the environment and adjacent ancient ponds and Roman road.

Cumbria-based company Thomas Armstrong was appointed as the main contractor to design and build the replacement bridge. Construction works were scheduled to take eight weeks to complete, with a road closure and lengthy diversion route in place.

However, excellent progress made on site thanks to recent dry weather means the replacement bridge is expected to open two weeks ahead of schedule on Friday 2 August at 5pm.

Cllr Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: “I’m very pleased work on replacing Middleton Hall Bridge is nearing completion. Our contractor has made the most of recent good weather to crack on with this project and as a result we should be able to re-open the road ahead of schedule.”

The replacement bridge forms part of Cumbria County Council’s Infrastructure Recovery Programme, a £120m programme to repair, rebuild and reinstate storm-damaged infrastructure which consists of approximately 1,000 individual projects.

The replacement road bridge crosses the Middleton Hall Beck (a tributary into the River Lune) on the A683 between Kirkby Lonsdale and Sedbergh.



Categories:
Tags:
A replacement road bridge on the A683 between Kirkby Lonsdale and Sedbergh is set to open ahead of schedule on Friday 2 August.