Weight limit put in place to protect bridge

An emergency three-tonne weight limit has been imposed on Winterburn Bridge, south of Winterburn village on Abbey Hill Road, after an inspection by North Yorkshire County Council’s bridges team.

Winterburn bridge

The inspection found that the bridge has been damaged at some point and this had caused arch stone to move. The weight limit is in place to protect the arch while a design is finalised and a contractor appointed. When the work to repair the arch is undertaken, this will require closing the bridge and could take up to 12 weeks. In the meantime, the bridge will be monitored for any further movement.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Highways, said: “I recognise there will be inconvenience to some local people, particularly farmers, but the diversion around the bridge for vehicles weighing more than three tonnes is relatively short and this measure is necessary to protect the structure. After the repairs are done, the bridge will again be available to all traffic.”

This story was published 5 June 2018