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Cumbrian bridges still unrepaired six months on

Nine bridges are still unrepaired six months after devastating floods struck Cumbria, the county’s review of flood recovery progress said this week.

Seven road bridges still need replacing or repairing, including Workington’s Northside Bridge which collapsed and Calva Bridge which was initially condemned (NCE 26 November 2009).

Cumbria County Council highways manager Geoff Holden said a replacement for the Northside will not be built until May 2012.

No schedule

Structural damage has kept Backbarrow Bridge and Bouthray Bridge in South Lakeland closed since the floods. Backbarrow Bridge needs parapet repairs and repointing. The schedule and cost for this are unconfirmed.

The council said it was considering replacing Bouthray Bridge at an estimated cost of £400,000. This could be done by November subject to planning approval.

Low Lorton and Little Braithwaite bridges in rural Allerdale both collapsed in floods. Replacements are at the preliminary design stage and planning applications have been submitted. The new bridges could also be built by November for £700,000.

Scarness bridge in Bassenthwaite sustained damage to its parapets and culvert. The council is working up a schedule for repairs and 31 July has been given as an estimated deadline.

Funding set aside

Funding has been set aside for repairs to the Millers footbridge in Cockermouth and designs for a replacement of the damaged Navvies footbridge in Workington are underway.

A temporary replacement for Navvies bridge was constructed by the Royal Engineers in December (NCE 3 December 2009). Its permanent replacement is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2010, when the temporary bridge will be dismantled.

Workington’s port still needs structural repairs. Invitations to tender for the repair work will be sent out next month.

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