The A66 bypass at Temple Sowerby reaches a milestone today, when an 80m crane will lift four 62 tonne, 36m beams across the river Eden.
The Highways Agency wants to ensure that the work keeps the river, which contains white-clawed crayfish and Atlantic salmon, as close to its namesake as possible. 'We will be taking great care during the work to protect the river which is designated as a Special Area of Conservation and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Our working methods have been approved by the Environment Agency and include ensuring that men and machinery do not get to close to the edge of the banks,' said Highways Agency project manager Graham Dakin.Once complete, the 4.9 kilometre £39 million dual carriageway bypass will take some 15,000 vehicles out of Temple Sowerby per day. The work is, 'on course for completion in early 2008,' according to Dakin.