Structural engineers have completed preliminary checks on around 1,300 of Cumbria’s 1,800 bridges with seven so far identified as needing full inspections.
All 1,300 bridges which are near water have been checked out of the county’s total of 1,800. Cumbria County Council engineers have identified seven as requiring principal bridge inspections, and divers are on standby to assess their foundations and to look for scour damage.
These bridges are Holmrook Bridge in Holmrook, Egremont Bridge in Egremont, Broughton Bridge in Great Broughton, Butt Bridge in Ennerdale Bridge, Wath Bridge at Cleator Moor, Gote Bridge in Cockermouth and Greta Bridge in Keswick.
An inspection typically takes a day but can only be done safely when river levels have fallen. As NCE went to press on Tuesday water levels were still too high. A total of six bridges around the county have collapsed − three road bridges and three footbridges.