Giant steel tubes have been lowered into place in the Yorkshire Dales, which will form the basis of a temporary crossing where a bridge was swept away during floods.
The traditional dales masonry bridge over Cogden Beck, near Grinton, was left completely destroyed after torrential water carrying boulders and other debris brought down the bridge.
The road links the communities of Grinton and Leyburn and also forms part of the UCI Road World Championship route, which arrives in the county next month.
North Yorkshire County Council’s engineers and contractors have been working round the clock ever since the devastating floods hit the dales on July 30 and 31, to reconnect the dales communities.
Today (Tuesday, August 13), two repurposed steel tubes were delivered from Cleveland Steel to the remote spot on the back of a low-loader lorry and were rolled into Cogden Beck. They will divert the waterway so a temporary bridge and road can be built. If all goes well, the temporary crossing will also allow the road world championships to continue along its planned route.
North Yorkshire County Council intends to rebuild the traditional Dales masonry bridge next year.
Another road linking Grinton with the rest of the dales, the B6270, was also left impassable after part of the road collapsed during intense rainfall and a bridge further along the road over Cogden Beck was severely weakened.
North Yorkshire County Council and its contractors have now excavated the landslip and are hoping to have the road and bridge open soon.
North Yorkshire County Councillor Don Mackenzie, executive member for highways said: “The damage caused by the unprecedented rainfall in parts of Swaledale has caused unimaginable upheaval to communities in the area.
“We know how vital these roads and bridges are to everyday life for those living in the affected areas, so we are delighted to report we have managed to make so much progress in such a short space of time.”
Roy Fishwick, Managing Director of Cleveland Steel and Tubes Ltd, said: "We were delighted when the council accepted our proposal to deploy steel tubes to repair the bridges. Our repurposed steel is proven to deliver up to 96 per cent savings on carbon emissions compared to new steel, so it is an environmentally-friendly solution as well as a cost-effective one.
"As a local supplier we can also immediately provide the tubes, enabling the Council to quickly restore access for residents as well as the tourists upon which this region relies during the summer."