Cawood Bridge reopened on time and within budget on Saturday (2 September) following a £1m strengthening and repainting project by the County Council.
The project involved painting the swing bridge and installing steel plates to increase its capacity from 7.5 tonnes to 10 tonnes.
The County Council worked with local people to schedule the work so that the closure of the bridge coincided with the summer school holidays when the volume of traffic is lower.
The contractor, Taziker Industrial, has worked seven days a week through the closure period to ensure the bridge opened on time while also working with the local community and the County Council.
County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Highways, said: “The completion of this project, on schedule and within budget, will bring wider benefits for the local and wider community by prolonging the life of the structure and allowing heavier vehicles, including buses, to use it. In timing these works, we listened to residents who use the bridge and scheduled our work to minimise disruption and conflict with maintenance on the diversion routes.”
County Councillor Andrew Lee, Member for Cawood and Saxton, added: “This investment is great news for Cawood and will secure the future of the bridge for many years. I’m very pleased that the County Council listened to the concerns of residents with regards to the timing of the work and was able to minimise inconvenience to the village.”
Following the re-opening of the bridge, work remains to be done to finish the underside of the bridge and clear the site compound. Throughout the project, a slide show providing progress reports has been screened on a TV in the post office.
Next year, the County Council intends to replace the bridge’s motor and operating system with new, custom-made equipment. This will require a closure of only a few days.
Picture shows: At the bridge are (from left) Lee Sedgewick, Regional Manager for Taziker; Cllr Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Highways; Andrew Wood, Senior Engineer (Bridges & Design Services) with the County Council; Paul Kimmitt, Site Manager for Taziker Industrial; and Cllr Andrew Lee, Executive Member for Growth and Economic Development and local member for Cawood and Saxton.