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Cumbria replacement bridge span lifted

The bowstring arch span for the new cycle and pedestrian bridge in Workington, Cumbria has been lifted into place over the River Derwent, replacing the previous flood-damaged structure.

The 96t, 60.2m long span for the Navvies Bridge was lifted into place on Sunday with a 1,000t mobile crane.

The new bridge will be more flood resistant than the original precast footbridge, which was damaged beyond repair in the 2009 floods. The new bridge’s overall length is 84.8m between abutments.

The project is on track for its completion date in September 2011 and has been undertaken for Cumbria County Council by UK construction, infrastructure and design business Morgan Sindall.

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