Essential work to start on Newsham Bridge

Essential maintenance is scheduled to start on the Grade II-listed Newsham Bridge, between Amotherby and Great Barugh, on Monday, 5 August.

Newsham Bridge

The structure has suffered from scouring by the river over the years, so part of the work will be to create a concrete slab in the river between the abutments and piers to provide long-term protection from scour. As part of this work, concrete bags placed there previously will be removed and the old concrete apron which protects the piers made good.

The bridge will remain open during this work. However, a four-week closure is scheduled to be in place from 28 October to allow the parapet to be rebuilt and the road resurfaced. 

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Highways, said: “This work needs to be done to protect the bridge. We realise that the closure will cause some inconvenience, particularly for farmers, but we have pushed this work back as far as we can to avoid the main harvest time.”

Local County Councillor Lindsay Burr added: “Ensuring the bridge is safe for residents is a number one priority, but once again we apologies for any inconvenience caused.”

The work is part of a summer and autumn programme of bridge maintenance projects by the county council’s bridges engineers costing more than £3m. The county council is responsible for more than 1,600 bridges with half of them historic and listed, the largest number in England. Their maintenance is therefore an unending task for the award-winning bridges team.

“We take great pride in the maintenance and restoration of our bridges,” said Cllr Mackenzie. “Many are listed and over the years we have won awards for our expert work. Our job is to ensure they are fit for purpose for the demands of modern transportation.”

This story was published 30 July 2019