Repair work has been completed on the historic Wool Bridge in Dorset after it partially collapsed almost a year ago.
The bridge, which is a Grade II listed structure which crosses the River Frome and features in Thomas Hardy’s novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles, was reponed to walkers and cyclists last month.
Cracks began to appear on the bridge earlier this year before the wall slumped and was eventually washed away. There were bricks from the structure that crumbled into the river below, so it was then closed to allow work to be carried out. The reason behind why the bridge collapsed is still unclear.
Dorset-based civil engineering firm Suttle Projects was responsible for supplying and installing sheet piles to protect the bridge foundations from future erosion.
Mabey Hire supplied the formwork for the new concrete retaining wall and provided technical assistance during its construction. The original lime mortar of the bridge has been chemically and microscopically analysed to ensure the bridge’s character is retained, according to Dorset County Council.
The new stone has been supplied, cut and tooled by W J Haysom & Son and Lander’s Quarries.
The bridge was yesterday closed to pedestrians and cyclists from 9AM to 4PM so that the asphalt could be laid in one section.
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