A Grade II listed bridge which collapsed in the Boxing day floods in 2015 has reopened following intensive reconstruction work.
Tadcaster Bridge in North Yorkshire has undergone a year-long reconstruction after the 18th century stone bridge collapsed during the winter floods of 2015.
During the work more than 1000t of stone was quarried to provide 686t of cut stone – 1342 stones cut to an individual shape and size.
Contractor Balfour Beatty described some of the challenges involved in the 13 month reconstruction – which included widening the bridge to make it more accessible for modern traffic.
“Due to its Grade II listed status, we have had to draw on our extensive experience to employ traditional materials and methods to reconstruct the bridge as it was originally built,” said Balfour Beatty project director for Tadcaster Bridge Dave Robinson.
“We have also implemented 21st century technology during the reconstruction process, using our in-house team to carry out a 3D survey of the structure to establish geometry for the design of the works.”
The fast flowing water had penetrated the bridge piers and damaged the internal stonework. The new piers were therefore filled with mass concrete to prevent future water penetration.
A new base for the pier had to be designed with piling under the base and sheet piles surrounding the pier – which should prevent any scouring of the river bed under the piers from happening again.
In the last few days heated tents were put up over the masonry parapet wall to combat freezing temperatures so the stone work could set.
The bridge was reconstructed and widened by North Yorkshire County Council and Balfour Beatty, using £3M of government investment and £1.4M from the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership.