Two major bridge schemes in the Selby area are progressing well and at the halfway mark are running to schedule.
Repairs to Cawood swing bridge began on 8 October and the bridge, between Naburn and Selby, is unable to swing for river traffic until the project is completed. The road has been closed since 22 October with a diversion in place, but full pedestrian and cyclist access has been maintained. It is hoped to complete the work by 18 November.
Work to ensure the safety and structure of Haddlesey Bridge, on the A19 at Chapel Haddlesey south-west of Selby, started on 1 October. North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) is replacing the existing 24 steel bearings that support and enable the bridge to expand and contract, as these have come to the end of their useful life. The work is expected to take 12 weeks.
At Cawood, the contractors Group HES are delighted with the patience the residents have shown while the bridge upgrade is taking place. The major work being carried out is:
- A new hydraulic power system.
- A new gear ring comprising 12 specially-machined segments weighing a quarter of tonne each plus two new gearbox drives and fixture systems.
- A full electrical rewiring of the bridge.
- A new auto lubrication system.
County Councillor Don Mackenzie, NYCC executive member for highways, said: “Group HES as the principal contractor at Cawood has endeavoured to finish the work within the shortest timeframe and the number one priority is the safety of pedestrians and site personnel.
“With all the complex work going on under the bridge it cannot be opened up to traffic until it is complete. The contractors would like to pass on that they appreciate the community’s continued support while this work takes place.’’
The Haddlesey bridge scheme is now into its sixth week and is on schedule. The road is closed for the safety of users and the workforce. For heavy goods vehicles, there is a signed diversion via junctions 34 to 36 of the M62 and up to the A63 via Camblesforth.