Maintenance work is scheduled to begin on Kirkham Bridge near Malton on Monday, 22 January.
The work will comprise stonework repairs using new indented stone, vegetation clearance on the bridge, resurfacing of the pedestrian refuges over the piers, cleaning the drainage system and replacing the eroded parapet with new stone. The bridge is a scheduled ancient monument and consent for the work has been granted by Historic England.
The work is expected to take six weeks. During this time, the road will be closed to traffic and there will be a diversion via Westow, Barton le Willows and the A64.
County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Highways, said: “This essential work will further preserve and safeguard the structure, following the introduction of a weight limit for traffic using the bridge last year. It will be carried out sympathetically, as befits the bridge’s status alongside the adjacent visitor attraction of Kirkham Priory.”
County Councillor Caroline Goodrick, Member for Hovingham and Sheriff Hutton, added: “This is important work to safeguard this historic structure and I would apologise to local users of the bridge for this short-term inconvenience.”
Local residents have been notified of the work and information boards are being put out in advance to alert the travelling public to the road closure. The contractor is PBS Construction.