A new bridge that will benefit businesses at Dalton Industrial Estate near Thirsk is taking shape following the placement of beams linking the two sides.
The new structure will replace the existing flood-blighted bridge, which has been closed for long periods in the past because of recurring flooding and was again closed recently after the heavy rain.
Jobs will be safeguarded and potentially more created by the realignment of the road and construction of the new bridge.
The £4.1m project is the result of a partnership between businesses on Dalton Industrial Estate, the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership, North Yorkshire County Council, Hambleton District Council and the Environment Agency.
The bridge beams were successfully lifted into place last week, connecting the newly built east and west abutments. The six beams spanning the 11m gap over Cod Beck were supplied and installed by local firm Severfield. A Cleveland-based firm is providing labour for the fixing of steel reinforcement, formwork and the placing of concrete.
David Kerfoot, Chairman of the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership, said: “The recent weather and flooding at Dalton has only emphasised the importance of this investment. We have great businesses on Dalton Industrial Estate employing hundreds of people. This investment will ensure they can continue to grow without being at the mercy of the British weather.”
Hambleton District Council Leader Councillor Mark Robson said: “This bridge is going to make a massive difference to both the people working on the estate and those living in Dalton. We hope that it will see the economy of this important industrial estate grow, bringing more businesses to Hambleton and opportunities for local people.”
North Yorkshire County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Highways, said: “This project is a vital investment and when complete will support jobs and growth in the area, so I’m delighted to see it reach another milestone.”
County Councillor Robert Baker, Local Member, said: “A strong economy is a priority for the County Council, and this is a good example of partnership in practice for the benefit of the economy.”
The scheme began in June last year and the new bridge is expected to be open to traffic in June this year.