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Rebuild of Cumbria road bridge pushed back

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The rebuild of a Cumbria bridge which collapsed during storms in 2015 has been pushed back after local residents objected to the proposed timeline.

The road bridge over the River Eamont in Pooley Bridge is now scheduled to open in April 2020, with the removal of a temporary bridge pushed back from the beginning of next summer to October 2019.

Plans have been altered to ensure that the current temporary road bridge will not be removed until a temporary footbridge has been provided, to maintain connectivity.

Highways England has been working alongside the local council to ensure the A591 is restored since its dramatic collapse in 2015.

Cumbria County Council cabinet member for highways and transport Keith Little said: “The replacement bridge project is a key part of our Flood Recovery Programme and involves a number of complex issues that our design team have been working hard to resolve.

We believe the revised target date for reopening the bridge is a realistic timetable and also takes account of local feedback about keeping the temporary road bridge in place until after next summer’s peak season.”

The project team is currently completing the outline design and will soon start the detailed design stage.

Eric Wright Civil Engineering, together with design partner GHD, has committed to a detailed design and engineering solution that is structurally sound enough to withstand the storms endured during 2015.

Schedule

January/February 2019 - Complete detailed design

June/July 2019 - Start preparatory work around bridge (Temporary road bridge remains open)

September 2019 - Open temporary foot bridge

September/October 2019 - Remove temporary road bridge

October 2019 to April 2020 - Construct permanent road bridge

By Easter 2020 - Open permanent road bridge and demobilise completely by May 2020

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